Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak joins NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss Obama’s meeting with Caribbean leaders and what it means for Venezuela:

“Back then, because of the high price of oil, Venezuela had a lot of extra money to throw around,” says Jason Marczak, Deputy Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council. “And it was using that extra money to try to secure support from different governments across the hemisphere.”


“Ten years ago, we never would have thought about being able to export U.S.-produced gas or oil,” Marczak says. “We were frankly just worried about having enough gas and oil ourselves.”


“The U.S. is billing this as a Caribbean initiative,” Marczak says. “This is not an anti-Venezuela initiative.”

Listen to the full interview here.

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