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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., March 22, 2019 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

Enticed by U.S. ‘Carrots,’ Some Caribbean Countries Break With Venezuela’s Maduro

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump held a meeting last Friday with five Caribbean leaders who have publicly sided with the United States in backing the self-proclaimed presidency of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. In return for their support, the U.S. is promising investment in their economies, a powerful diplomatic tool that may entice other Caribbean countries to break off their longstanding ties with President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas. In an interview with WPR, Robert Looney, a distinguished professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, discusses the mounting support for Guaido in the Caribbean and its implications for the Venezuela crisis and for regional integration efforts.

World Politics Review: Why has the Venezuela crisis proved so divisive for Caribbean states? Why have some governments in the region been resistant to backing Guaido? ...

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