US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

March 12, 2019

No matter how bad the situation is in Venezuela, a US military response will only make matters worse for the Venezuelans. It may be foreign adventure time again for the good old USA. With troops being pulled out of Syria and Afghanistan after successfully “vanquishing” the enemy and the...

Nicolás Maduro: The New Tropical Czar Has No Clothes

May 25, 2018

Maduro may still be in office, but nothing in the Venezuelan landscape looks rosy for the government. On May 20, Nicolás Maduro was re-elected president of Venezuela after an election almost everyone within and outside the country dubbed not free and fair. He presided over a process where most...

The Future of Venezuela without a Legitimate Government

May 23, 2018

Nicolás Maduro has claimed victory in an election widely seen as a farce. As a result, the options to push for real political change in Venezuela are limited. On May 20, after months and years of domestic crisis, the regime of Nicolás Maduro finally held the long-postponed presidential...

What the US Should Avoid in Venezuela

August 25, 2017

America's Cold War-era policies won't work against Venezuela.  If the United States government was intent on choosing an ineffective and damaging response to the crisis in Venezuela, it need only use its foreign policy toward South and Central America during the Cold War as a blueprint....

The Anti-Corruption Revolution

August 05, 2017

Global uprisings against corruption can fuse middle-class concerns over the rule of law to a more radical critique of unequal political systems. During rush week, aspiring frat boys endure all manner of indignities. They all want to join the exclusive club, and they’re willing to pay the steep...

How Venezuela Could Find a Way Out of Chaos

August 04, 2017

As the Venezuelan political and economic crisis deepens following suspect elections, a group of experts discuss potential ways out of the morass. Questions about what might be done to solve the economic and political crisis in Venezuela are increasingly urgent as the nation plunges deeper into...

Venezuela in Crisis: 50 Days Later

May 24, 2017

The people of Venezuela are protesting against the government in a desperate response to the economic crisis. Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. But since the 2014 crash in oil prices, it has struggled to maintain a steady profit. To ensure economic stability, the government...

The World This Week: Venezuela Hurtles to Total Collapse

May 07, 2017

Poverty, inflation, food scarcity, medicine shortages, crime, killings and injuries spiral out of control in Venezuela. US President Donald Trump, who was once called “The Donald,” is not exactly conventional or predictable. This week, Trump declared that he would be “honored” to meet...