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The current U.S. administration has imposed harsh economic sanctions on Venezuela, with the stated goal of ousting its president, Nicolás Maduro. Are the sanctions working, and is Maduro any closer to leaving office? What has this strategy cost the Venezuelan economy? In this edition of The World Today, Francisco Rodríguez, director and founder of Oil for Venezuela, in conversation with Dorothy Kronick, will discuss the impact sanctions are having on politics and society in Venezuela, and look at opportunities for possible change.
Francisco Rodríguez is director and founder of Oil for Venezuela, a non-profit organization that seeks to develop de-politicized solutions to address and prevent the deepening of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis. He has held several positions in academia, international organizations, and the private sector, including as research director of the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report. Rodríguez received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1998 and has taught Economics at the University of Maryland, Wesleyan University and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración. He has published articles in academic journals as well as publications like Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, and The New York Times.
Dorothy Kronick is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on Venezuelan politics. Prior to her graduate studies at Stanford University, Dorothy lived in Caracas, Venezuela as a Fulbright Scholar.