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Members of the Venezuelan army take part in a military parade in Tumeremo, Bolívar state, Venezuela, about 56 miles from the border with Guyana, on July 21, 2015.
Members of the Venezuelan army take part in a military parade in Tumeremo, Bolívar state, Venezuela, about 56 miles from the border with Guyana, on July 21, 2015.

Another Conflict Is Brewing in the Caribbean

Russia’s war in Ukraine stirs Venezuela’s dreams of conquest in oil-rich Guyana.

Voters cast their ballots at a polling station.
Voters cast their ballots at a polling station.

Does Guyana Foretell an American Future?

A disputed election. Racialized parties. A constitutional crisis. Washington already has a model for what could go wrong.

A street vendor sits next to banners of the presidential candidate for the National Unity and Alliance for Change party (APNU+AFC) David Granger, in Georgetown, Guyana, on March 1, 2020.
A street vendor sits next to banners of the presidential candidate for the National Unity and Alliance for Change party (APNU+AFC) David Granger, in Georgetown, Guyana, on March 1, 2020.

Ethnic Conflict Threatens Democracy in Guyana

The country’s simmering ethnic tensions threaten to undermine a fragile democratic system and bring on the resource curse before the proceeds from massive offshore oil discoveries arrive.

The flag of Guyana is seen in Surama on Dec. 3, 2016.
The flag of Guyana is seen in Surama on Dec. 3, 2016.
Above: Two people look over the balcony on the second floor of the Parliament building in Georgetown on April 26. Top: In a section of Georgetown called Houston, contractors are building out a new oil industry depot, capable of storing needed equipment, fuel, water, cement, fluids, and other materials that contractors working in Guyana’s deep waters need. The base already has a contract to supply ExxonMobil. (Micah Maidenberg for Foreign Policy)
Above: Two people look over the balcony on the second floor of the Parliament building in Georgetown on April 26. Top: In a section of Georgetown called Houston, contractors are building out a new oil industry depot, capable of storing needed equipment, fuel, water, cement, fluids, and other materials that contractors working in Guyana’s deep waters need. The base already has a contract to supply ExxonMobil. (Micah Maidenberg for Foreign Policy)

The Country That Wasn’t Ready to Win the Lottery

Guyana just discovered it owns enough oil to solve all its problems — and cause even bigger ones.

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CIA Meddling, Race Riots, and a Phantom Death Squad

Why a tiny South American country can't escape the ugly legacies of its idiosyncratic past.

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An Oil Strike in No Man’s Land

A new oil field near Venezuela could be the miracle Maduro was waiting for. There's just one problem — it's in territory claimed by Guyana.

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