PRT Weekly 3.03: Venezuelan Crisis

Welcome back everyone! Let’s kick off this week with a timely discussion.

There is a lot of misinformation about what is happening in Venezuela. The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has reached a tipping point amid growing efforts by the opposition to re-establish democracy and the rule of law. In this episode, MPPGA students Andrés Peñaloza and Alessia Rodríguez, joined by Professor Max Cameron, discuss current events and their relation with topics like interventionism and humanitarian aid.


Andrés Peñaloza is a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs student from Venezuela. He is an urban planner with experience in local governments and NGOs and he is mainly focused on strategies for ensuring social and economic development in urban environments.

Alessia Rodríguez is a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs student at the University of British Colombia. Born and raised in Venezuela, Alessia first completed a BA (Hons) in International Relations, Political Science, and Sociology at the University of Toronto. She hopes to contribute to the social and economic development of Venezuela and Latin America at large. Her passion for development stems from her philosophy that the best policies should seek to empower and integrate developing countries and their particularities as against exclusion and further dependency.