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Dim prospects for dialogue in Venezuela

June 22, 2016, Dany Bahar and Harold Trinkunas

Everyone favors dialogue as the preferred option to solving Venezuela’s political and economic crisis. The alternative to dialogue is already upon us: growing reports of looting, social unrest, and government repression in this increasingly hungry and violence-wracked nation. But there are good reasons to be skeptical that dialogue will prosper at this time.

  • In the News

    The political circumstances leading up to economic collapse in Venezuela have been happening for over a decade now, but the situation has greatly deteriorated in recent years because of plummeting crude prices, environmental factors and the failures of President Nicolas Maduro's government to address the country's woes.

    June 21, 2016, Dany Bahar, ABC News
  • In the News

    The ongoing attitude is that the [Venezuelan] government will do everything possible to remain in power.

    June 3, 2016, Dany Bahar, The Cipher Brief
  • In the News

    Production in Venezuela has on almost every front come to a complete stop. All the private companies are struggling to import, and that’s why they’re not able to produce anything.

    May 25, 2016, Dany Bahar, International Business Times
  • In the News

    There’s a real sense the U.S.-Latin American relationship had been a bit distant and now has new possibilities. The one thing that could spoil that is the situation in Venezuela, so the administration is looking for ways to manage that.

    August 3, 2015, Harold Trinkunas, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    There’s a lot of distrust among opposition voters on the fairness of the vote [in Venezuela], given the overwhelming presence of government in the media and the resources they can devote to campaigning, compared to the opposition. On the other hand, the government has to worry about abstention on its side because its level of popular support is quite low.

    May 18, 2015, Harold Trinkunas, International Business Times
  • In the News

    Three out of the last four [Summits of the Americas] were antagonistic, ALBA-driven. You'll notice though, whereas ALBA was able to get a lot of support from let's say the middle countries before, they didn't this time.

    April 12, 2015, Richard E. Feinberg, New York Times
  • Interview | Bloomberg's Bottom Line

    April 10, 2015, Ted Piccone

  • In the News

    It was no accident that [Fidel Castro] met with Venezuelan students given his warm embrace and support for chavismo…It is a symbolic opportunity to reinforce a shared sense of victimhood in the face of alleged U.S. aggression.

    April 6, 2015, Ted Piccone, Foreign Policy
  • Media Roundtable

    What can we expect from the Seventh Summit of the Americas?

    April 3, 2015, Richard E. Feinberg, Ted Piccone and Harold Trinkunas

  • Interview | On Point with Tom Ashbrook

    March 19, 2015, Harold Trinkunas

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