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March 18, 2019
Venezuela is in shambles. On top of starvation, hyperinflation, and spreading disease, the country’s entire electrical grid failed March 7, thanks to years of deferred investment and questionable maintenance.   Prior to the blackout, surveys showed that some... Read More
February 23, 2019
Since Juan Guaido was sworn in as Venezuela’s President January 23, more than 50 countries have recognized his interim government, and only a few have denounced Guaido in favor of Nicolas Maduro. Cuba has been the most ardent Maduro... Read More
February 07, 2019
On February 2, Venezuelan citizens again took to the streets to protest Nicolas Maduro and reclaim their democracy. Although the situation is still developing, it is important to debunk some of the more popular myths circulating on ... Read More
February 01, 2019
On January 23rd, as National Assembly President Juan Guaido swore in as Interim President of Venezuela, the international community faced an important choice, one that would have serious consequences for the people of Venezuela. The United States, members of the Lima Group, the... Read More
December 07, 2018
Background On Sunday, December 9, Venezuela will hold municipal elections to fill over 2400 municipal councilor seats across the country. These municipal elections follow the mayoral elections in December 2017 and... Read More
May 31, 2018
On May 20, President Nicolas Maduro won re-election in a hastily arranged snap vote dubbed a sham by a large group of Venezuela’s democratic forces. The Lima Group, a coalition of 14 regional countries advocating... Read More
September 28, 2016
In our world, change is a constant and yet it is one of the most difficult thing to which people can adapt.  This holds true in the democracy and governance sphere. For countries of all varieties, supporters of democratic progress must be able to navigate change, amid competing factions,... Read More
June 20, 2016
Imagine an attractive, but unmarked bus pulling up to a street corner and the driver imploring pedestrians to come aboard and “ride with us.”  No sign disclosing where the vehicle is headed, no mention of price, but the seats look comfy.  While folks might look, I bet most would take a... Read More
May 21, 2015
Being a politician affiliated with an opposition party in Venezuela can be dangerous these days, inviting government harassment, intimidation, and threats of jail. Identifying oneself as an opposition party member by voting in its primary can be almost as daunting, but remarkably some 600,000... Read More
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Juan Carlos Monje

Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean Division
April 17, 2015
April 10 and 11, leaders from 35 countries in North and South America as well as the Caribbean—including, for the first time, Cuba—met in Panama City, Panama for the seventh Summit of the Americas. The summit process, initiated during the Clinton administration in 1994 has provided a platform for... Read More
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Casey Cagley

Assistant Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean Division