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CIC National Capital (Ottawa): Venezuela: The State of the Crisis and Canada’s Options (Webinar)

November 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST


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There is no end in sight for the decade-long crisis that is destroying Venezuela. Many thought that the scale of the challenges confronting the government and the many-sided pressures exerted by the international community on the Maduro government would open the door to a political transition that would at least stop the bleeding. Canada was heavily involved in that effort. The regime, however, has survived. In this event, we asked two specialists to give us a picture of the current situation in Venezuela and of Canada’s policy towards the country. An open discussion will follow.

Guest speakers:

Yvon Grenier:, St-Francis-Xavier University

Isaac Nihon-Serfaty: University of Ottawa

Chair: Jean Daudelin, Carleton University



Dr. Yvon Grenier (Ph.D. Université Laval) is Professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. His sixth and most recent book is Culture and the Cuban State: Participation, Recognition, and Dissonance under Communism (Lexington, 2017). He is a former editor of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a contributing editor of the magazine Literal, Latin American Voices, and a board member of the Journal of Conflict Studies as well as Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos. His current project examines Canadian foreign policy toward Cuba and Venezuela, with a focus on human rights and the promotion of democratic values.

Recent paper on Venezuela: “Canada and the Venezuela crisis”

Dr. Isaac Nihon-Serfaty (Ph.D. Université de Montréal) is Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Ottawa. Among his recent publications: “Towards a theory of grotesque transparency: The case of Hugo Chávez, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume 17, Issue 3, 209-226 (Sage Publications, United States, 2016), and “Comunicación y empoderamiento ciudadano en salud: un caso de investigación-acción en la Venezuela polarizada, Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios de Desarrollo, Volume 4, Issue 2, 4-23 (Spain, 2015).

Recent paper on Venezuela: “Donald Trump, Hugo Chávez: Using illness for political gain and to erode democracy”






CIC NCB Latin America and Caribbean Study Group