In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

May 10, 2019

Many analysts agreed that once the military withdrew support for the flailing regime in Caracas, the fall of Bolivarian socialism would be unavoidable, perhaps a matter of days or weeks. Political analysts have been expecting Nicolás Maduro’s imminent downfall for quite some time now....

Have Chavistas Backed Themselves into a Corner?

February 07, 2019

The desire for change has rarely been this strong in Venezuela. On January 10, Nicolás Maduro staged a swearing-in ceremony that he hoped would legitimize the beginning of his second six-year term as Venezuela’s president. After succeeding the late Hugo Chávez, Maduro won a special election...

Is the Time Up for Nicolás Maduro?

February 06, 2019

After a few years preaching in the wilderness, Venezuela’s democratic forces found a new energy with Juan Guaidó. Until January this year, Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s strongman, seemed to have overcome all the obstacles in his battle for political survival. Appointed by Hugo Chávez —...

Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro

February 01, 2019

US moves so far — the threats, the sanctioning of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company — have given Maduro a way to deflect responsibility for the country’s problems away from himself. Thousands of people, mostly women, protested the food shortages in their country by banging on pots...