Our Venezuela program encourages dialogue between the U.S. and Venezuelan governments, informs policy makers about how Venezuelans view the arc of their country’s political, social, economic, and foreign policy project, and assesses its implications for U.S. policy.
CDA has observed every election and referendum in Venezuela since 2006. We have also focused on the important national security and economic issues affecting bilateral relations – considering the impact of world oil prices, the continuing availability of revenue for social projects, and the Chavez government’s pursuit of its foreign policy goals. We continue to follow Venezuela’s shifting economic fortunes and have reported the concerns of some Venezuelans about government policies. Our trips, research, and reports attempt to capture the Venezuelan reality through a non-ideological, non-partisan lense.
We continue to work with Venezuelans to introduce them to Members of Congress, their staffs, and other parts of the Washington policy community in order to broaden and deepen the conversation between them. We also seek opportunities to encourage exchange among members of civil society in both countries. Venezuelans have been experimenting with new forms of participatory democracy that have elicited both praise and criticism. We believe that citizens of both Venezuela and the United States can benefit from understanding and assessing their nation’s domestic and foreign policy goals.