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SFS Panel and Reception for Cuba: Off the List?

On Wednesday, February 25, SFS hosted a policy roundtable regarding the U.S. State Department’s sixth month review to determine whether Cuba should remain on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The list currently includes Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Cuba. In an effort to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States, Cuba requested removal from  the list citing that it hampers normalization efforts.  Our panelists included former Assistant Director of FBI’s Office of International Operations, Thomas Fuentes, Associate at Vision Americas and former U.S. State Department official, José Cardenas, SFS senior fellow Fernando Menéndez, with VOA’s Foro Interamericano host, Patricia Dalmasy, as the moderator…. (more…)

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SFS hosts Venezuelan Vice-Admiral Carratú for a discussion of current conflict within Maduro’s government

WASHINGTON, DC– On Wednesday, July 16, SFS hosted a policy roundtable concerning the growing conflict in Venezuela— not simply between the populist government and its civilians, but between the government and military factions as well—and how this increasingly important issue impacts the United States. Our three panelists were Armando Guzman, the host of Perspectiva Nacional on the Spanish-language channel Univision and a prominent journalist of the DC area; Adm. Mario Iván Carratú Molina, the ex-Vice Admiral of the Venezuelan Presidential Guard under President Pérez who currently resides in the United States under forced exile by the Venezuelan government; and Douglas Farah, a well-recognized defense consultant and Latin American security expert who has worked as a career investigative journalist and foreign correspondent for several news outlets.

The event began with an introduction from Mr. Guzman, who emphasized the global reach the recent protests in Venezuela had, saying that “not only the United States, but the entire world knows what is going on in Venezuela,” but there is little motivation or resource to affect change in the region. Mr. Guzman compared the tormented Venezuela of today to that which he visited years ago, reflecting that “the contrast is incredible from the last time I was there… there is no happiness… there is poverty and hunger… [Caracas] is converted into a capital of misery.” However, while the international community may be aware of the violence of the protests that started last spring, lesser known is the growing separatist attitude in the government and the armed forces, laying the groundwork for a larger and even more disastrous clash within the government itself.

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