We asked four International Crisis Group Trustees to step aside from our April 2019 Paris Board Meeting and tell us what was most urgent about resolving the Venezuela crisis and how Crisis Group is helping. This is what they had to say.
Susana Malcorra, former Foreign Minister of Argentina, former Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General and Crisis Group Board Member describes how the crisis in Venezuela has divided the region and has become increasingly ideological. She urges the region to bridge the divide, so that it can help the Venezuelans to bridge their own divide.
Former Colombian president and Crisis Group Board Member Juan Manuel Santos describes how the crisis in Venezuela is having a detrimental impact not only on the country and its citizens, but also on the wider region. He urges actors to negotiate, explaining how Crisis Group's objectivity and innovative ideas are a crucial ingredient to finding a solution.
Robert Fadel, Member of the Crisis Group Board of Trustees, discusses how the ongoing crisis in Venezuela is most acutely harming its citizens. He explains that neither the opposition nor the government are willing to engage in dialogue, and how Crisis Group is well placed to bring the two together to find a way out of the deadlock.
Thomas R. Pickering, former United States Ambassador and Crisis Group Board Member reflects on Venezuela and urges national and international actors to move the election process forward.