Mike Pompeo’s Art of Indirect Involvement in Venezuela

May 11, 2020

Two American men have been detained by the Venezuelan military following “a botched beach landing in the fishing village of Chuao,” the Associated Press reports. They were reportedly attempting to invade Venezuela and capture President Nicolas Maduro, apparently as a prelude to installing...

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

June 13, 2019

As long as Cuba and Russia are ready and willing to prop up Maduro, there may be no clean way out of the mess in Venezuela. On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the people and military of Venezuela to rise up and oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro. This action...

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...

Maduro’s Regime Is in Denial Over the Scale of Venezuela’s Migrant Crisis

If the exodus continues, the staggering amount of Venezuelan refugees spread throughout the Western Hemisphere could eclipse the total of 6 million that have fled from war in Syria. Numerous countries and regions across the globe are experiencing the consequences of mass migration waves due to...

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...

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