The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head will host Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, for its Dec. 6 lecture, to begin at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island.

Venezuelans are inured to chaos, but not at this level. Years of hyperinflation, power outages, and shortages of food and medicine have spawned a new concern: exactly who is the nation’s president?

President Nicolás Maduro, socialist successor to Hugo Chávez, began a second six-year term on Jan. 10, 2019. On Jan. 23, opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself president. Russia, China and the Venezuelan military support President Maduro. The United States, in support of Guaidó, froze all Venezuelan government assets in the U.S. and banned transactions with Maduro’s government.

Shifter will help area residents see what, if any, paths exist to rebuild the once strong ties between the United States and Venezuela.

Shifter is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Latin American Studies Association and is a contributing editor to Current History. He has testified regularly before the U.S. Congress regarding U.S. policy towards Latin America.

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan organization that takes no political positions. Its mission is to keep members abreast of developments in international affairs, including U.S. national interests, through educational programming.

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