Markets in Flux: Ukraine, Thailand and Venezuela – Context and Economic Implications

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Markets in Flux: Ukraine, Thailand and Venezuela


Scott Radnitz
Associate Professor of International Studies and Director, Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies

Ambassador Darryl Johnson
Former United States Ambassador to Thailand

Susana Gonzales-Murillo
Vice President, Country Manager Latin America/Canada/Spain/Portugal, USBank N.A

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

City University of Seattle
521 Wall Street, Vancouver Room
Downtown Seattle

Complimentary for Members
$20 for Non-Members


Ukraine emerged as an unexpected flashpoint of geopolitical struggle this March. As Ukraine’s new government tried to restore order, it faces the challenge of governing a country where instability is the norm, not the exception.

Thailand continues to face protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shiniwatra, ignited by a failed amnesty bill that would have allowed former leader Thaksin Shinawatra to return to politics. The protests reflect deep divisions within the country between mainly rural areas that support the government and the middle-class championing change. How is Thailand’s political reality impacting the economy, until recently one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia?

Over a decade ago, strikes rocked Venezuela’s oil industry. Since then, the government has done much to increase standards of living. According to the World Bank, poverty in Venezuela shrank by over 20% in 2012, the largest decline of any country in Latin America. Yet Venezuela now faces economic decline and protests against President Nicolas Maduro, the successor of Hugo Chavez.

Scott Radnitz is Associate Professor of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Belfer Center at Harvard and at the Kennan Institute. His research deals with authoritarian politics, informal networks, and identity, with an emphasis on Central Asia and the Caucasus. His book, Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-led Protests in Central Asia, was published by Cornell University Press in 2010.

Susana Gonzalez-Murillo is a Vice President at U.S. Bank. She serves as country manager for Latin America, Canada, Spain and Portugal, and is responsible for providing current and prospective customers with information on how international banking services involving U.S. Bank’s footprint, Latin America and Canada work to facilitate business transactions in these markets.

Prior to joining the bank she worked as a consultant for Leader Trade and Finance, Inc., (Insurance Broker) and in the International Banking Division of Security Pacific Bank, Seattle, in public relations for L.A.B. Airlines, and at the Bolivian Embassy in Paris, France. A graduate of La Sorbonne in Paris, France, Ms. Gonzalez-Murillo holds an Associate of Arts Degree in French Language. She has continued her education at the American Institute of Banking (AIB) and the University of Portland’s Northwest Intermediate Banking School. She also is a graduate of the Pacific Rim Bankers Program at the University of Washington where she received an Outstanding Achievement Award.


Registration:  The cost for this program is complimentary for members and $20 for non-members.  For questions, Contact Samantha Paxton/206.389.7319 / .

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Co-promoted by:

Asia Business Forum
Economic Alliance of Snohomish County
Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County
Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington
Thai Association of Washington State


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