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Chavismo and Venezuela Today

The Council on Foreign Relations

58 East 68th Street

New York, New York 10065

You are invited to attend the Foreign Affairs Venezuela Briefing, an in-depth discussion about post-Chavez Venezuela, featuring regional experts and select Foreign Affairs authors. The panel will showcase a broad range of viewpoints in a discussion moderated by Foreign Affairs Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman. Discussion will cover important aspects of Venezuelan history and Chavez’s legacy, and will evaluate current political dynamics and macroeconomic trends with a long-term outlook. Join us to learn about current challenges and future opportunities for the country.

5:30-6:00PM Check-in and Welcome Reception

6:00-6:10PM Opening Remarks by Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs and Romuald Sciora, Author; Head, Le Monde diplomatique Debates

6:10-7:30PM Panel Discussion

Jennifer McCoy, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University
Ignacio Ramonet, Co-Author of Hugo Chavez: My First Life; Editor of the Spanish Edition of Le Monde diplomatique
Lisa Viscidi, Program Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue

Moderator: Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

7:30-8:30PM Cocktail Reception 

Jennifer McCoy

Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. She served as Founding Director of the Global Studies Institute at GSU (2015-16), and Director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program 1998-2015, leading projects on democratic strengthening, mediation and dialogue, and hemispheric cooperation. A specialist on democratization and polarization, mediation and conflict prevention, election processes and election observation, and Latin American politics, Dr. McCoy has authored or edited six books and dozens of articles. Her latest book is International Mediation in Venezuela (with Francisco Diez, 2011). She teaches courses on comparative democratization, international norms, and Latin American politics.

Ignacio Ramonet

PhD in Semiotics from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris, Ramonet was a professor of audiovisual communication theory at the University of Paris-VII and an editor-in-chief of the newspaper Le Monde diplomatique. Currently, he leads the Spanish version of this journal. An activist intellectual, Ignacio Ramonet is internationally recognized and respected. He is one of the main leaders of the alter-globalization movement. He was the founder of Attac (Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens) and one of the organizers of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. President of Media Watch Global, he has authored several books, including Fidel Castro My Life, Hugo Chavez My First Life, Wars of the 21th Century, Geopolitics of Chaos, The Tyranny of Communication, The Explosion of Journalism and The Empire of Surveillance.

Romuald Sciora

Romuald Sciora is an author, essayist and a documentary filmmaker born in Paris, who is specializing on the topic of the United Nations.  As a writer, he had published three books on the UN, and is currently working on an essay on the UN General Assembly. As a filmmaker, he has produced more than a dozen political documentaries, including a TV series devoted to the United Nations, broadcast in more than 20 countries. All of the UN Secretaries General from Kurt Waldheim to Ban Ki Moon participated to his work. Sciora received the prestigious award of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2010. He lives in the US where he runs Le Monde diplomatique Debates, a program of conferences organized with the famous French monthly Le Monde diplomatique in partnerships with the European Union agencies, French Embassy and US think tanks and universities. He is also a consultant for different institutions , NGO and not-for profits. As a long time friend and associate to Ignacio Ramonet and  Le Monde diplomatique Romuald Sciora was always concerned by the political situation in South America and involved in the study of its evolution.

Jonathan Tepperman

Jonathan Tepperman is the managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and author of the upcoming book, The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline. Tepperman has spent close to twenty years working on international affairs as an editor, writer, and analyst. He started his career in foreign policy working as a speechwriter at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1994. After stints as a reporter at the Forward and the Jerusalem Post, he joined Foreign Affairs in 1998 as a junior editor. He later moved to Newsweek International, where he was deputy editor (under Fareed Zakaria), and then worked as a political risk consultant before returning to Foreign Affairs in January 2011.

Lisa Viscidi

Lisa Viscidi is the director of the Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. A specialist in Latin American energy, Viscidi has written numerous reports and articles on energy policy and regulations, oil and gas markets, climate change, social and environmental impacts of natural resources development, and the geopolitics of energy. Her articles have been published in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, the Harvard Review of Latin America and Foreign Affairs. Ms. Viscidi frequently presents at conferences throughout the United States and Latin America and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other news outlets.

Romuald Sciora Media organizes international conferences, co-publishes books on global policy and contributes to the production of documentaries on the same topic. RSM also provides consulting services. Our main partners are European Union agencies, various universities, including New York University and American University, as well as think tanks and NGOs. RSM is a partner of Le Monde diplomatique and Le Monde diplomatique Debates. 

Our next event, co-organized with the International Crisis Group, coming up on June 13, 2017 at the journal Le Monde in Paris.




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