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How Venezuela Struck It Poor

The tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro at a press conference in Bogotá on June 14. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Hugo Chávez Is Haunting Colombia’s Election

Some Colombians fear that their country could go the way of Venezuela.

A member of the national guard fires his shotgun at opposition demonstrators during clashes in Caracas on July 28, 2017. (Carlos Becerra/AFP/Getty Images)

The Perils of a Putsch in Venezuela

Encouraging a coup in Caracas will give Russia and China a foothold in the United States’ backyard.

A pro-government activist holds a portrait of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, during a demonstration on Aug. 14, 2017. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2018, Chavismo’s Time May Finally Run Out

U.S. policy toward Venezuela is changing — and so are political dynamics in Latin America.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 14, 2017. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Why More Sanctions Won’t Help Venezuela

The people, not the government, will pay the price.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20:  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez points after addressing the United Nations General Assembly September 20, 2006 at the UN in New York City. The annual conference at the U.N. headquarters comes at a time when the world community is considering sanctions on Iran and UN peacekeepers are stationed in nearly 20 countries.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Jesse Helms + Hugo Chávez = Donald Trump

Two wrongs at the United Nations sure as hell don’t make a right.

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After 24 Years, I Am Leaving the Disaster Venezuela Has Become

And my heart grieves for my friends and neighbors, who are stuck there — for worse is yet to come.

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A Democracy Lab Contributor Is Venezuela’s Latest Political Prisoner

Desperate to halt a recall referendum against the president, Venezuela’s government has arrested one of our authors.

People line up to buy basic food and household items outside a supermarket in the poor neighborhood of Lidice, in Caracas, Venezuela on May 27, 2016. / AFP / RONALDO SCHEMIDT        (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela’s Season of Starvation

Amid sky-high inflation, dangerous shortages, and political unrest, Nicolás Maduro’s regime is on the verge of collapse.

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In Venezuela, the Lights Are Going Out

After years of mismanagement, Venezuela's energy industry can no longer cope. Bad governance is plunging the country into darkness.

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Why Venezuela Needs an Exorcism

Three years after his death, Hugo Chávez continues to haunt the country he led into ruin.


The Last Days of Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela faces a slow-moving economic disaster that could spell political doom for the embattled president.

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Are Venezuelans at the Breaking Point?

They thought they were used to standing in line. But no one ever dreamed it would get like this.

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Venezuela Is About to Go Bust

When the country defaults, a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money. And they deserve to.

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An Ominous Opening for Venezuela’s New Parliament

As Venezuela's victorious opposition enters parliament, it's clear that there's trouble ahead.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) and Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wave during the South America-Africa (ASA) Strategic Presidential Committee, in Caracas, August 6, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Miguel Gutierrez (Photo credit should read MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sad Death of the Latin American Left

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Brazil’s Luiz Inacio da Silva dreamed of a new world order. Their successors watched it fall to pieces.

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The Election That Broke the Spell of Chávez

Venezuela's ruling socialists pulled out all their favorite tricks. Here’s why it was no longer enough.

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The Slow Death of Chavismo

The Venezuelan president inherited a vast empire of propaganda from his charismatic predecessor. Here’s how he lost it.

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Venezuela’s Opposition Is Poised to Win Big — But Maduro Isn’t Done Yet

Venezuelans are fed up with their chavista government. But taking down Maduro will take more than a win at the polls this Sunday.