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Monday, October 14, 2019

Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy: Venezuela lecture

  • October 14, 2019

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

Venezuela - Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5 PM – 6 PM
Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
1640 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Ambassador William Brownfield has an extensive professional background. He was US Ambassador to Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela. In addition to that, he also served as Career Ambassador which is the highest rank in the US Foreign Service.

In January 1999, Hugo Chavez assumed office as president of Venezuela on a political platform of radical change. Venezuela had a prosperous middle class, was the world’s third-leading oil exporter, enjoyed 40 years of political and electoral stability, had a violent crime rate below the Latin American average and hosted millions of refugees and immigrants. Brownfield will discuss these matters in greater detail.

This event is part of the Ashe Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. Ashe Lectures are sponsored by former Knoxville mayor and US Ambassador to Poland, Victor Ashe . For the series, ambassadors and mayors are invited to speak on a variety of public matters, including foreign relations, diplomacy, world affairs, and local government. The series also is part of the Center's Leadership & Governance Program .

Guests may park in the Vol Hall Garage on White Avenue at no charge by requesting a parking voucher from Baker Center staff at the event.