Event Date: June 27, 2018

As Venezuela continues to implode, the country is rapidly becoming the Syria of the Western Hemisphere in terms of refugee outflows. More than 4 million Venezuelans have left the country since the late Hugo Chávez rose to power, overwhelming neighboring countries like Colombia and Brazil. Since 2015, the number of Venezuelan migrants in Peru and Chile has increased by over 1,000 percent. According to Pew Research, Venezuela is the top country of origin for U.S. asylum claims since 2017. As the humanitarian crisis worsens and more migrants cross borders, U.S. and regional security are inevitably threatened. Western Hemisphere policymakers must address the situation before it deteriorates further. Some policymakers have called for direct U.S. intervention, while others are more cautious. What position should the United States take? What options exist? And which of the options will create fewer national security risks?

Please join the Daniel Morgan Graduate School and SFS  for a thoughtful and informative policy discussion examining Venezuela’s humanitarian and refugee crisis and possible U.S. and regional responses.

Follow the event on Twitter at #SecureFreeVenezuela@DanielMorganGS, or through any of the speakers (accounts linked below).

Welcome and Introduction by:

  • Dr. Steven Meyer  Dean of Academic Affairs,  Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security

Opening Remarks by:


  • Amb. Roger Noriega – Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2003-2005), AEI Visiting Fellow
  • Dr. R. Evan Ellis – Research Professor of Latin American Studies, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute
  • Col. Preston McLaughlin, USMC Ret. – Associate Professor of National Security, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
  • Mr. Joseph Humire – Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society

Moderated by:

This event is co-sponsored by Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.

This event will take place at the Capitol Visitor Center and requires that all who wish to attend register online prior to arriving at the Capitol Visitor Center. No walk-in registrations at the Capitol Visitor Center the day of the event will be permitted. Please do not show up the day of the event if you have not RSVP’d in advance. If your name is not on the list you will not be allowed access to the event.