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TIME: 18:00 – 19:00 Wed 15th November 2017
VENUE: Committee Room 6, House of Commons,
Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
Venezuelan Politician and Former United Nations Ambassador
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Venezuela has dominated international headlines in recent months, though sadly for all the wrong reasons. On the economic front, the country now struggles to finance its governmental operations, despite having benefitted from years of high oil prices in the first decade of the century. At the same time, neighbouring Colombia has seen an influx of unexpected immigration, as Venezuelan citizens seek to cross the border in order to secure desperately needed food and medicines. As the long-term failures of the Chavez regime comes to light, the country has been rocked by political turmoil. Constitutional efforts to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office have been countered by the regime’s constitutional manoeuvring, leading to large scale protests on the streets of major cities.
By kind invitation of David T. C. Davies MP, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Diego Arria, a former Venezuelan diplomat who has now dedicated himself to restoring democracy in his native country. He will outline his view that only by effecting Presidential change can Venezuela begin the process of undoing decades of corruption and decay.
Diego Arria is a Venezuelan politician and diplomat. Between 1974 and 1977, Diego served as the Governor of Caracas – Venezuela’s largest city. During the Presidency of Carlos Pérez, he served as the Minister of Information and Tourism. In the 1990s, Arria served as the Venezuelan Permanent Representative to the United Nations and in 1992 he became President of the United Nations Security Council. Today Diego Arria is a visiting Fellow at the Council for International Relations and he serves on the advisory Board International Crisis Group at the American University in Washington DC.