Why Relations Between Brazil and Venezuela Have Sunk to New Lows

Venezuelan citizens living in Brazil protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 5, 2017 (AP photo by Andre Penner).
Venezuelan citizens living in Brazil protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 5, 2017 (AP photo by Andre Penner).
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On Dec. 26, Brazil’s government stripped Venezuela’s top diplomat in Brasilia, Gerardo Antonio Delgado Maldonado, of his credentials and kicked him out of the country. The expulsion, which came in retaliation for a similar move from Caracas, is the latest setback in badly deteriorated ties between the former South American partners. In an email interview, Peter Hakim, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, explains what is behind the breakdown in relations, and what regional governments are doing in response to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela under President Nicolas Maduro. WPR: Why did Brazil expel Venezuela’s top diplomat […]

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