SEMINAR: Citizen Security in Venezuela, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC

Wednesday May 30, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
Fifth Floor Conference Room
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC

Rates of crime and violence in Venezuela are the worst in South America and among the highest in the entire world.  What factors led to the rapid deterioration of citizen security, particularly in urban areas?   What strategies have been adopted at the national, state, and municipal level to address it?  What impact does Venezuela’s highly polarized political environment have on citizen security and related debates?  With presidential elections in Venezuela only five months away, does this issue have political salience?


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.           Introduction and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.        Panel 1

  • Roberto Briceño-León, Universidad Central de Venezuela; Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow
  • Ana María Sanjuán, Andean Development Corporation
  • Daniel Luz, United Nations Development Program
  • Moderator: Cynthia Arnson, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.      Panel 2

  • Rogelio Pérez Perdomo, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas
  • Jesús E. Machado S.J., Fundación Centro Gumilla
  • Tito La Cruz, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
  • Moderator: Carlos Basombrío, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson

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