About the Project
Home to the world’s largest-known oil reserves and once the wealthiest country in South America, Venezuela today faces political unrest, rampant criminality, deep economic contraction, and Latin America’s biggest humanitarian crisis in more than a generation. Most of the country’s longstanding democratic institutions have broken down under the personalistic rule of Nicolas Maduro, and the country’s corrupt and predatory security institutions have assumed an outsized role in governance and economic management. Through meetings, articles, and op-eds, the project on “Rebuilding Venezuela” examines the myriad challenges facing the Andean nation. The project will culminate in a Council Special Report detailing how the United States and likeminded countries can help restore security and justice to Venezuela.