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Juan Guaidó in the Venezuelan parliament in Caracas
Juan Guaidó in the Venezuelan parliament in Caracas

Biden Sidelines Venezuelan Democracy at Summit of the Americas

The administration wants to support human rights, but it doesn’t have the courage of its convictions.

Cubans line up to buy food outside a store in Havana on Jan. 6.
Cubans line up to buy food outside a store in Havana on Jan. 6.

Rethinking Maximum Pressure

Washington loosens its sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela ahead of a critical summit.

A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

The United States shouldn’t bargain away Venezuela’s future for oil.

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.

Maduro and Putin on a placard in Caracas
Maduro and Putin on a placard in Caracas

U.S.-Venezuelan Oil Deal Should Not Forget Democracy

A surprise trip to Caracas seems to have secured some energy relief—but needs to yield democratic benefits, too.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 5, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 5, 2018.

How the War in Ukraine Could Empower Maduro

Skyrocketing oil prices give Venezuela’s embattled leader less incentive to pursue sanctions relief.

Sergio Garrido, governor-elect of Barinas, displays a document during his accreditation and proclamation by the Barinas State Electoral Regional Office on behalf of the National Electoral Council at its headquarters in Barinas, Venezuela, on Jan. 10.
Sergio Garrido, governor-elect of Barinas, displays a document during his accreditation and proclamation by the Barinas State Electoral Regional Office on behalf of the National Electoral Council at its headquarters in Barinas, Venezuela, on Jan. 10.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House in Washington on Dec. 6.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House in Washington on Dec. 6.

The Democrat’s Playbook

Biden’s Summit for Democracy must go on the offensive.

Presidential candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party, Xiomara Castro, greets supporters during an election campaign tour in Honduras.
Presidential candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party, Xiomara Castro, greets supporters during an election campaign tour in Honduras.
Then-U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina is mobbed by reporters.
Then-U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina is mobbed by reporters.

How Filibusters Moved from Piracy to Congress

Freelance imperialists in the 1800s left behind weak institutions and racist legacies.

Venezuelan Angel Rodolfo Camaña combs a woman’s hair at a hairdresser in Bogotá on Feb. 10.
Venezuelan Angel Rodolfo Camaña combs a woman’s hair at a hairdresser in Bogotá on Feb. 10.

Latin America’s Drive to Integrate Venezuelan Migrants Earns Praise

A U.N. official calls efforts in the region “a model of solidarity.”

An opposition activist holds a banner that reads “vaccination now” during a protest to demand the government generally vaccinate the population in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 28.
An opposition activist holds a banner that reads “vaccination now” during a protest to demand the government generally vaccinate the population in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 28.

Venezuela Is Without a Vaccination Plan

Maduro’s abject failure is consequential for the nation, the region, and the world.

An Iranian warship nears the Strait of Hormuz.
An Iranian warship nears the Strait of Hormuz.

Why the United States Can’t Touch Iran’s Atlantic-Bound Warships

International law blocks direct action on sovereign vessels even if they’re violating U.S. sanctions.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro gestures at an anti-Trump demonstration.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro gestures at an anti-Trump demonstration.

How Maduro Beat Sanctions

Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy only made Maduro stronger. Now, Biden has to chart a new course.

Children sail on a raft in the polluted waters of Lake Maracaibo in Zulia state, Venezuela, on June 13, 2019.
Children sail on a raft in the polluted waters of Lake Maracaibo in Zulia state, Venezuela, on June 13, 2019.

Venezuela’s Maduro Should Be Tried for Ecocide

His government’s blatant disregard for the environment is defining a new international crime.

Venezuelan migrants stay at migrant shelter.
Venezuelan migrants stay at migrant shelter.

Refugee-Run Organizations Deserve More Money

Governments tend to fund large humanitarian agencies, but small groups run by refugees are a better investment.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to the media at the United Nations headquarters in New York on July 28, 2015.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to the media at the United Nations headquarters in New York on July 28, 2015.

The U.N.’s Moment in Venezuela Has Arrived

Nicolás Maduro has given the international community the opening it’s been waiting for.

A specialist inside a COVID-19 mobile unit set up by the Peruvian Ministry of Health at the Hipolito Unanue Hospital in Lima on Feb. 27, 2020.
A specialist inside a COVID-19 mobile unit set up by the Peruvian Ministry of Health at the Hipolito Unanue Hospital in Lima on Feb. 27, 2020.

A Fight Over a Trump Official Could Block Aid to Latin America

The largest provider of urgently needed aid is up for a bigger budget, but some Democrats first want to remove its Trump-nominated head.

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