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Venezuela and Colombia: Tough Realities and Continuing Challenges for U.S. Diplomacy
September 27, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum
Ambassador John F. Maisto is a 33-year former career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, who served as Ambassador to Venezuela (1997-2000), Nicaragua (1993-1996), and the Organization of American States (2003-2006). Join CCWA for our season opener as Ambassador Maisto explores the very distinct challenges facing both Venezuela and Colombia. Economic struggles and political discontent plague Venezuela and Colombia is nearing the end of a 52-year war between the Colombian state and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). As the fragile FARC peace deal rests in the hands of Colombian citizens and tensions against Maduro’s government increase, Maisto will discuss the difficult road ahead for the two South American countries.
5:30 PM Reception with cash bar
6:00 PM Program begins
6:45 PM Q&A
7:15 PM Program concludes
Location: The Union Club
Admission: $25; Members $15; Full-time students $5
As the U.S. prepares to elect a new president in 2016 and welcome a new administration in 2017, CCWA will host forums exploring pressing global issues shaping our national dialogue and the bid for the White House. Forum topics include the future of the Middle East, U.S. Intelligence, and beyond.