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Venezuelan President Maduro and Nicaraguan President Ortega in Caracas, March 5, 2018
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Political and Social Regression in Nicaragua and Venezuela

Nicaragua and Venezuela have continued to regress into political and social repression, further abandoning the pretense of democracy and resorting instead to violations of human rights and assaults on civil society actors. President Daniel Ortega and President Nicolás Maduro have consolidated control over their countries’ media, military, and police forces, co-opting established institutions of government—or inventing new ones—to suit their needs and financially benefit their allies. In response, citizens of both countries are mobilizing more determined opposition in an effort to recover the freedoms they deserve.

On June 18, Hudson Institute will host a panel to discuss the current political situation in Nicaragua and Venezuela. Participants will include former Nicaraguan Minister of Education Humberto Belli, Editor-in-Chief of La Nación Armando Gonzales, and Venezuelan journalist and politician David Smolansky Urosa. The panel will be moderated by Hudson Senior Fellow Jaime Daremblum.

Speakers

Humberto Belli Speaker

Former Minister of Education, Nicaragua

David Smolansky Urosa Speaker

Venezuelan Journalist and Politician

Armando Gonzales Speaker

Editor-in-Chief, La Nación

Ambassador Jaime Daremblum Speaker

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Hudson Institute

Hudson Experts

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