Captive Nations: Finding a Path Forward Towards Freedom

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

Captive Nations: Finding a Path Forward Towards Freedom

Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for a phone conference to learn more about the ongoing struggle for freedom in Venezuela, Hong Kong, and parts of Ukraine including Crimea.

Tuesday, July 18th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Toll free US line: 1-888-585-9008
Conference Room number: 693-072-518

If you are an international caller, please e-mail to receive an alternate number.

Speaker Biographies:

Mr. Enrique Altimari: Enrique is the official international Representative of Primero Justicia in London and is currently studying a Philosophy M.A. at King’s College. He is currently researching the metaphysical status of politics from the Ancient Philosophy view-point. At Monteavila University, Enrique conducted an extensive research on Political Philosophy and the Venezuelan Constitution of 1998 that led to an award-winning essay combining political Philosophy, Political Theory and Constitutional Law. He will discuss the current situation on the ground in Venezuela and how Maduro’s socialist policies have created the crisis.

Mr. John Suarez: John is the Director of Research at the Center For a Free Cuba. Based in Miami, he holds degrees from Florida International University and Chile’s Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. He has testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Since 2009 he has maintained the blog notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter. John will discuss Cuba’s influence abroad, with a particular focus on Cuban officials propping up Maduro’s regime in Venezuela.

Mr. Naphtali Rivkin: Naphtali is a Research Fellow with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and a graduate student in International Relations at the University of Cambridge where he researches the collapse of the USSR and post-Soviet democratization. He graduated from Washington and Lee University with degrees in English and Russian Area Studies; his theses focused on early 20th century American naturalism, and the rise of neobolshevik ideology in Russia during the 1990s. Naphtali frequently writes for The Baltic Times and New Eastern Europe and will share how Russia’s imperialism has affected Ukraine.

Mr. Marion Smith (moderator): Marion is a civil-society leader, expert in international affairs and has been Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation since March 2014. As Executive Director, he provides strategic leadership for VOC and spearheads its educational initiatives. Smith’s research focuses on the role of ideas in American foreign policy, U.S. diplomatic and military history, and on the future of transatlantic security cooperation. His articles have appeared in various publications, including USA Today,, The Hill, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and The Weekly Standard.


Bookings are closed for this event.

Jul 18, 2017
10:00am — 11:00am

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