Why Maximum Pressure on Venezuela Is the Only Way Out

April 22, 2020

Venezuela’s dictatorship has proved to be highly resilient. It mutated from a lively democracy in the second half of the 20th century to a hybrid regime where unfree and unfair elections were held and repression reigned, giving way to the current dictatorial domination. In the process, it also...

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...

A Polarized Referendum Puts Peace to the Test in Colombia

September 30, 2016

Voters will decide if the negotiated settlement ending decades of conflict with the FARC moves ahead.  As the sun was setting in Cartagena, Colombia, on Monday, September 26, thousands of national and international spectators, including dozens of world leaders and US Secretary of State John...

The Battle for Venezuela is Heating Up

September 13, 2016

National surveys show the economic crisis and food shortages have taken their toll on the quality of life for Venezuelans. In Venezuela, more than half a million people marched on September 1 to protest against the government, calling on the electoral authority to approve a recall referendum...

Maduro’s Time is Running Out in Venezuela

March 04, 2016

Faced with electoral setback and rising popular discontent, the Venezuelan president just announced a number of economic reforms. In Venezuela’s most recent parliamentary elections on December 6, 2015, Chavismo experienced its first political setback since coming to power 17 years ago. The...

Change in Venezuela Yields Political and Economic Uncertainty

June 04, 2013

Despite his declared commitment to toe his predecessor’s ideological line, the gravity of the economic problems affecting Venezuela may force Maduro to depart from some of Chavez’s policies. Nicholas Maduro’s narrow electoral triumph over opposition leader Henrique Capriles...

Putin Reaches Out After Death of “Close Friend” Chavez

March 06, 2013

Following the death of Hugo Chavez, what is next for Venezuela’s relationship with Russia? Signaling an eagerness to maintain cozy ties with Venezuela, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for even stronger relations and praised the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as “a...

The Chavez Administration and the Demise of Citizen Security in Venezuela

October 19, 2012

Since taking office in 1998, Chavez has ignored the dramatic rise in violent crime, making security a private good in the socialist republic. In Caracas, Venezuela’s residential neighborhood of Bello Monte, journalists from multiple publications can be found every morning having coffee at...