Venezuela’s high-stakes legislative elections: The December 6 vote and what comes next
The Summit of the Americas and prospects for inter-American relations
Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chávez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela
With this new line of credit [to the Venezuelan government], Goldman Sachs has chosen to keep financing a government that has transitioned to a fully-fledged dictatorship that has repressed its own people with military weaponry for the past 50 days. Over 40 civilians have died and hundreds have been injured as a result of brutality of the National Guard.
On the one hand, it's a drop in the ocean, because it won't change what's happening on the ground. On the other hand, it would represent a shift to a more realistic approach toward what's happening in Venezuela. By sanctioning the vice president, the U.S. government is acknowledging that the Venezuelan government has drug dealers at the highest ranks of government.
If and when the Trump administration increases pressure on China ... China may decide to double down on its expanding footprint in the United States’ neighborhood.