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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?

December 22, 2023

Venezuela: The Rise and Fall of a Petrostate

Venezuela’s ongoing descent into economic and political chaos is a cautionary tale of the dangerous influence that resource wealth can have on developing countries.

People walk past an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela.

May 22, 2024

International Criminal Court
The Role of the ICC

The International Criminal Court was created to bring justice to the world’s worst war criminals, but debate over the court still rages.

Judges are pictured in the courtroom during the trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court.

December 14, 2023

Guyana-Venezuela Border Dispute, Missile Defense Base in Poland, DRC Elections, and More

Guyana and Venezuela begin discussion on a territorial dispute over the Essequibo region; the Redzikowo U.S. missile defense base in Poland becomes operable; the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ho…

Podcast People gather in front of Venezuela's National Electoral Council headquarters in support of the referendum on a disputed zone with Guyana in Caracas, Venezuela on October 20, 2023.

November 4, 2022

Do U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Work?

Given Venezuela’s urgent humanitarian needs and the global energy crunch, Washington is considering easing sanctions on Caracas in exchange for democratic reforms.

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.

July 10, 2023

U.S. Policy Toward Venezuela Takes a Body Blow

Biden administration policy toward Venezuela was based on negotiating regime political concessions in exchange for lifting sanctions. But repression is growing and the policy is failing.