Paula Garcia Tufro

  • Tufro in Miami Herald: Guaidó should appeal to the U.N. to get help deliver aid to desperate Venezuelans


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  • In Venezuela, Maduro and Guaidó are on a Collision Course Over Humanitarian Aid

    The crisis in Venezuela is heading toward a showdown between Nicolás Maduro’s regime and the US-backed opposition, led by Juan Guaidó, this weekend.


    Here’s a quick look at what’s going on:


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  • Venezuela’s Interim Government Shuns Maduro’s Offer of Dialogue

    ‘The only thing we will accept is our agenda: how do we negotiate his exit?’ says Carlos Vecchio, Juan Guaidó’s representative in Washington

    Venezuela’s interim leaders, sensing that their dream of freedom “is tantalizingly close,” are in no mood to enter into a dialogue with Nicolás Maduro’s regime, which has driven the oil-rich South American nation into a humanitarian crisis while cracking down on its opponents.

    This week, under pressure from a growing number of countries, including the United States, Maduro has sought to involve his international backers, including Russia and Mexico, in a new process of dialogue with the opposition.

    Venezuela’s interim government is having none of it.


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  • Guaidó Takes the Helm: Supporting the New Venezuelan Interim Government

    On January 30, 2019, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center gathered distinguished experts and governmental leaders to discuss the new interim government of Venezuela—led by Juan Guaidó, the head of the National Assembly—and the future of democratic transition in the country. The event served as the first public forum for newly appointed ambassadors of the Guaidó administration, as well as a focal point for discussing the international community’s role in supporting the prospects for democracy in Venezuela. The event consisted of two panel discussions, followed by questions from the audience.

    The first panel featured the following speakers: Carlos Vecchio, Chargé d’Affairs to the United States by the Interim Government of Venezuela; Julio Borges, Representative to the Lima Group for the Interim Government of Venezuela; David Smolansky, Coordinator for the Working Group to Address the Regional Crisis

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  • Tufro in The Hill: With a lot at stake, renewed hope for Venezuela’s future


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  • Tufro Quoted in Houston Chronicle on US sanctions against Venezuela and impact on oil prices


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  • Trump Recognizes Venezuelan Opposition Leader as Interim President

    US President Donald J. Trump has ramped up pressure on Nicolás Maduro’s embattled regime by recognizing opposition leader and National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.

    Announcing his decision on January 23, Trump said: “In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country’s constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant.  The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.”


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  • "The Future Looks Dark" as Maduro Begins Second Term in Venezuela

    As the Venezuelan economy continues to deteriorate, the international community needs to work towards “a situation in which conditions can improve in the country and Venezuelans will no longer have to leave their homeland,” according to Jason Marczak, the director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. But, Marczak warned, “That is not going to be possible under a Maduro regime.”

    Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated as president of Venezuela for a second term on January 10, after elections that more than 50 countries around the world condemned as illegitimate. The United States, Canada, the European Union, and most of Latin America’s major economies have refused to recognize Maduro’s election and are undertaking a sustained external pressure campaign against the regime.


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  • At the G20, a Battle to Reaffirm the Value of a Multilateral System

    Despite the rise in populism and nationalism around the world, the G20 is as relevant today as it was at its inception. While imperfect, multilateralism continues to be the most effective way to find lasting solutions to critical global challenges.

    The G20’s response to the global financial crisis in 2008 is a testament to the impact members can have when they work together.

    As we look at key issues on the G20 agenda, trade, climate change, migration, sustainable development, and pandemics remain transnational issues that require global solutions.

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  • How Will the Outcome of the Midterms Affect Trump's Policy Options?

    Democrats captured the House of Representatives while Republicans strengthened their Senate majority in the US midterm elections on November 6.

    We asked our analysts what they believe are the policy implications of this outcome. Here’s what they had to say*:

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