To Shape Events in Venezuela, the U.S. Needs Smart Policy—and Partners

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrives for Army Day celebrations in Caracas, June 24, 2017 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrives for Army Day celebrations in Caracas, June 24, 2017 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).
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With less than two weeks left before Venezuelans vote on a constitution-drafting constituent assembly, the Trump administration jumped into the fray, threatening to impose economic sanctions if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moves to rewrite the constitution to his liking. With that, Washington took a step down a path filled with landmines. The Trump administration is not wrong to exert pressure on the increasingly undemocratic Venezuelan regime. The Venezuelan people deserve international support. But in seeking to influence events in Venezuela, Washington should maneuver very carefully. The key to successful outside support is preventing Maduro from successfully framing this conflict as […]

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