Luncheon on June 21, 2019


Venezuela’s Crisis: Chavez, Maduro, and Beyond?


Dr. Harold Trinkunas

Senior Research Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation

Stanford University


Venezuela finds itself mired in an unprecedented economic and political crisis.  The economy has contracted nearly 50% since President Maduro took office in 2013, oil production has declined to levels below those last seen in 1950, and inflation has reached as high as an estimated annual rate of over 1.3 million percent.  Millions have fled abroad in search of a better life, making Venezuela’s migration crisis the second worst in the world after Syria’s.

In 2019, the ruling Maduro regime faces new challenges at home from an opposition that has declared it illegitimate.  There is also unrest from within its own ranks, and from abroad due to diplomatic non-recognition by over 50 governments and U.S. opposition to its continuation of power.  In his talk, Dr. Harold Trinkunas will examine the apparently intractable political and economic crisis facing Venezuela. He will discuss the role played by the military in keeping the present government in power and the impact of the latest domestic and international pressures on the Maduro regime.

Harold Trinkunas is both Deputy Director and a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Prior to arriving at Stanford, Dr. Trinkunas served as the Charles W. Robinson Chair and Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Dr. Trinkunas has written on emerging powers and the international order, ungoverned spaces, terrorism financing, borders, democratic civil/ military relations, drug policy, and internet governance. His latest book is Militants, Criminals, and Warlords: The Challenge of Local Governance in an Age of Disorder (Brookings, 2017). He received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University. He was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Please note that this program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey.  Room capacity is limited. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received until the program is full. Depending on demand, we may be unable to accommodate auditors at this event.


  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Field Greens Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
  • Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken over Toasted Almond Couscous
  • Sauteed Vegetables
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Decaf
  • Frosted Lemon Bundt Cake with Blueberries
  • Vegetarian Choice: Grilled Vegetable Stack with a Classic Pesto

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests


Reservations are due by June 17 for this June 21 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey
1000 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93923

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