The Venezuela Crisis
Actuality has been marked in the past weeks by the mounting violence in Venezuela. The country has plunged into a severe economic crisis in the past years, leading to massive inflation (700%), food shortages and rationing.
Since last spring, millions of protesters have taken the streets in opposition to President Nicolas Maduro, the successor of Hugo Chavez at the head of the country. His detractors blame his Chavist policies for the crisis, and denounce his latest elections as a move to turn the country into a dictatorship. Supporters of Maduro, on the other side, accuse the opposition of attempting a “coup” through street protests, and claim the crisis was caused by a foreign attempt to destabilise the country.
The situation has only gone from bad to worse in the past weeks, as opposition leaders were arrested and more protesters were killed, while the Parliament, at the hand of the opposition since 2015, and the new Constitutional Assembly, elected this July and composed of 100% of pro-chavists, dispute each other’s right to legislate. What key-elements do we need to know to understand this crisis? Can the deep polarisation of the Venezuelan society lead to a civil war? What does this crisis reveal about politics in Latin America?
Expert or just curious, come and join us to discuss the situation around snacks and drinks! (and hopefully under the sun)
Recent political turbulence has led many commentators to look back to previous historical periods as they try to understand what is happening and predict what may come next. To compare the US President to a Roman emperor, the EU to the Holy Roman Empire (or even, for some, the USSR), or current tendencies towards populism and intolerance to the events of the 1930s can provide new, insightful perspectives. But does it risk underplaying the differences between then and now? Should we focus on the unique characteristics of the contemporary world, or are those who forget the past doomed to repeat it?
Our final Policy Picnic of the summer will be an informal discussion of these interesting issues, so come along and share your views - there's no need to be a history specialist!
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels invites you to join us for an engaging discussion with H.E. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of the Delegation of the State of Qatar to the European Union, Luxembourg and NATO. During this exclusive event, H.E. Ambassador Al Khulaifi will address Qatar’s foreign policy priorities in light of current affairs and Qatar’s evolving relationships with the European institutions, and you will have the opportunity to address the Ambassador directly during a Q&A session. The event will be followed by a light cocktail reception generously offered by the Embassy of the State of Qatar.