The Venezuela Briefing podcast, hosted by the Venezuela program at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), is a regular source of analysis on Venezuela's crisis. WOLA’s experts will guide listeners through engaging discussions about the crisis, highlighting the efforts of civil society actors and policymakers on the ground working to chart a new path forward. Hosted by Geoff Ramsey and Kristen Martinez-Gugerli. For more information on WOLA’s work on Venezuela, visit WOLA’s Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights Blog at www.venezuelablog.org
Episode 9: Humanitarian update and the U.S. role in Venezuela
In the latest episode of The Venezuela Briefing, hosts Geoff Ramsey and Kristen Martinez-Gugerli interview Daniel Cooper Bermúdez, founder of Hearts on Venezuela. Kristen, Geoff, and Daniel discuss the latest in Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, what’s on the table in political negotiations taking place in Mexico, and recent efforts to repress the work of NGOs in the country.
Follow the work of Hearts on Venezuela at http://www.heartsonvenezuela.com/
9. COVID-19 vaccination and electoral conditions in Venezuela
In the 8th episode of The Venezuela Briefing, hosts Geoff Ramsey and Kristen Martinez-Gugerli interview Venezuelan attorney and human rights defender Beatriz Borges about the latest in Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis and civil society efforts around upcoming regional elections. Beatriz Borges, Director of CEPAZ, provides details on Venezuela’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, as well as recent efforts by Foro Civico to demand minimum electoral conditions for upcoming regional elections in Venezuela.
Venezuela's Changing Political Landscape
In the latest episode of The Venezuela Briefing podcast, hosts Geoff Ramsey and Kristen Martinez-Gugerli interview Venezuelan academic and analyst Michael Penfold about changing dynamics in Venezuela’s political crisis. This episode explores recent concessions by the Maduro government, opposition dynamics, the Biden administration’s policy towards Venezuela, and prospects for a negotiated solution in the short and long term.
Armed Conflict in Apure
In the sixth episode of The Venezuela Briefing, hosts Geoff Ramsey and Kristen Martinez-Gugerli interview military intelligence analyst Andrei Serbin Pont about the ongoing armed conflict between Venezuelan security forces and Colombian rebel groups in the border state of Apure. Andrei, who is the Director of regional think tank CRIES, provides insider knowledge on human rights violations being committed on the border, and the implications of the conflict for a future democratic transition in Venezuela.
Civil Society and a Democratic Transition in Venezuela
In the fifth episode, hosts Geoff Ramsey and Kristen Martinez-Gugerli interview Venezuelan academic Maryhen Jiménez about recent civil society efforts to push for a democratic transition in Venezuela. Following the emergence of the 'Foro Cívico’ coalition in February, civil society voices are growing louder and louder in the country. The hosts and Jiménez engage in a thoughtful discussion about what ‘civil society’ means, and how to best understand these efforts in the historical and comparative co
The Regularization of Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia
In the fourth episode of The Venezuela Briefing, hosts Geoff Ramsey and Kristen Martinez-Gugerli interview WOLA colleague Gimena Sanchez and Dejusticia’s Lucia Ramirez to learn more about a recent measure by the Colombian government to provide formal status to Venezuelan migrants living in the country. This permit would offer access to work authorization, formal employment, and health care services for as many as 1.7 million Venezuelan migrants for a period of 10 years.