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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Panel Discussion: Venezuela: The Origins, Development and Future of the Crisis

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 • 6:00 p.m.
121 McGuinn Hall, Boston College


This panel will explore the most pressing topics related to the current constitutional and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Central among these are the origins of the economic downturn, recent developments in Venezuelan politics, and a prognosis for the turmoil. Drawing from the insights of two renowned experts on Latin America, as well as one BC student of the Venezuelan diaspora, this panel will be at once informative, anecdotal and analytical in nature about what is a defining issue of twenty-first-century Latin America.


  • Miguel Ángel Santos, International Developement, Harvard
  • Ricardo López, Economics, Brandeis International Business School


about the panelists

Daniel Kanstroom

Dr. Miguel Ángel Santos is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard. Before joining academia, Miguel Ángel accumulated more than ten years of experience doing corporate finance and business development in Latin America, working for large family business, investment banks, and multinational companies. In 2013, he was the Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Team for presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski in the Venezuelan elections of that year. He is also a frequent contributor for the Brookings Institution. Read more about Dr. Miguel Santos.

Daniel Kanstroom

Ricardo López is Professor of Economics at the Brandeis International Business School. He specializes in international trade, economic development, productivity analysis and Latin America. His research focuses on firms’ behavior in international markets and the role of international trade as a source of economic growth. Read more about Ricardo López.