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August 4, 2023

Chevron, the Biden Administration, and the Maduro Regime

Concessions to the Maduro regime in Venezuela have permitted Chevron to produce more oil there, but have brought only more repression. 

October 6, 2023

Maduro Regime To Accept Venezuelans Returned Home: Why Now?

The Biden administration has announced that the Maduro regime will henceforth accept the return of Venezuelans deported from the United States. Will sanctions relief will soon follow?

March 30, 2024

Will the Biden Administration Abandon Democracy in Venezuela?

Biden administration policy toward Venezuela has abandoned concern about democracy and human rights, instead placing oil prices, migration, and presidential politics above them. Will it change?

August 27, 2023

Venezuela: U.S. Policy, U.S. Sanctions, and Humiliation by Maduro Regime

While the Biden administration says it will maintain sanctions on the Maduro regime unless there is progress toward free elections, there is progress instead toward lifting sanctions while repression…

October 28, 2016

Bringing International Pressure To Bear on Nicolás Maduro

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*. It is the third of a series that begins with this post.] The collapse in Venezuela has many potential costs: democratic regression in Latin Am…


February 5, 2019

Maduro’s Allies: Who Backs the Venezuelan Regime?

The staying power of Nicolas Maduro’s embattled government may hinge on three critical allies: Russia, China, and Cuba.


December 22, 2023

Latin America
Amazon Deforestation Down But Little to Show for COP28, Plus Venezuela-Guyana Tensions

Region will struggle to maintain progress on deforestation. In Dubai, pledges don’t match financial commitments for Latin America. Maduro uses self-manufactured Essequibo crisis to crack down on the …

A deforested area which, according to authorities, is used for coca leaf plantations is seen during an overflight by the Colombian anti-narcotics police in Putumayo, Colombia, November 12, 2023.