• Maduro’s Days Are Over, Says Colombian President Duque

    Colombia’s leader calls on Venezuelan military to support interim President Juan Guaidó

    Colombian President Ivan Duque said on February 14 Nicolás Maduro should relinquish his hold on power in Venezuela and face trial for crimes against humanity. He also called on the Venezuelan military to support Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by a number of countries, including the United States, as the interim president of Venezuela.

    “His days are over,” Duque said, referring to Maduro. “Now, the military, who are the ones that have to make the change… they have now to support President Guaidó. What is the other option? Continue with a dictatorship that has impoverished the whole population; a hyperinflation of millions; the deterioration of all the liberties?”

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  • President Iván Duque Márquez: Colombia’s Domestic and Regional Opportunities and Challenges

    On Thursday, February 14,His Excellency Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, discussed Colombia’s ambitious agenda for transitional justice, economic reform, and regional leadership. Duque, who was sworn in as president of Colombia in August 2018, was interviewed by CNBC Contributor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council hosted the event in conjunction with CSIS, AS/COA, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Wilson Center. President Duque covered a wide array of topics, including: 

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  • Charai in The Hill: We Should Accelerate Positive Changes in Venezuela Without Using Our Military

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  • Wald Joins Bloomberg to Discuss EU Nations Backing Opposition Venezuela Leader

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  • Venezuela Update: More Recognition for Juan Guaidó

    The United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Spain are now among the countries that have officially recognized Juan Guaidó, the head of the National Assembly, as interim president of Venezuela. This follows Nicolás Maduro’s rejection of a European deadline to call fresh elections—Maduro responded by offering to call a parliamentary vote instead of a presidential one.

    Jason Marczak, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, brings us up to speed on the latest developments in South America’s oil-rich, crisis-riddled nation. Here are excerpts from our interview.

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  • Marczak Joins BBC to Discuss Venezuela Opposition Recognition

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  • Venezuela and Great Power Competition

    A new era of great power competition took shape in Venezuela this past week.
    As the first battle of this epoch, the contest for the future of Venezuela will have outsized consequences on what forces and values – democratic or autocratic – will determine not only the country’s future but also influence the regional and global future.

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  • Marczak Joins NPR to Discuss Recent History of Venezuela and its Relationship with World Powers

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  • New Venezuela Sanctions Need Timely Results

    On January 28, the Trump administration again turned to sanctions to ratchet up pressure on Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro to step down.

    The new sanctions measures severely limit key US revenue streams for PdVSA—Venezuela’s state-owned oil and natural gas company—by mandating that any money intended for PdVSA be deposited into blocked accounts, accessible only with authorization from the Trump administration. While PdVSA’s US subsidiary, Citgo, may continue to purchase and import petroleum products (at least until July 27), all payments must also be made into a US-based blocked account. Should that authorization expire, the result will effectively be a US oil embargo affecting a major source of crude oil for the southern United States. Further, the sanctions immediately ban the export of US diluents to Venezuela.  This ban will hamper Venezuelan production in the near term as replacing the US suppliers will take time and likely be more expensive.

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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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