Claudia López fled Colombia in October of 2013 after receiving death threats for her investigative reporting on the so-called parapolítica network that linked her country’s politicians with paramilitary groups.
COA's Eric Farnsworth joins CCTV for a look at the first round of talks between President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition. ... Play Video
In an interview with CCTV, Council of the Americas Vice President Eric Farnsworth discusses the political crisis in Venezuela and the mediated talks between the government and opposition leaders. Predicting a successful outcome is difficult as "common ground is not readily apparent" and there is no certainty that a mediator will impose a decision, says Farnsworth. In response to President Nicolás Maduro's claims that the opposition has been working with U.S. support, Farnsworth notes that the protests began with students and without any formal organization until later in the process. Because the situation so polarized, it may be difficult to get various sectors working together to get the economy back on track, he added.