A Golden Bridge for the Maduro Government

By Tamara Taraciuk Broner

Those in power need incentives to engage in a potential democratic transition. Criminal investigations into corruption and related crimes can provide them.

As Venezuela’s presidential elections, scheduled for 2024, draw closer, the international community’s attention is primarily focused on how to use leverage to ensure minimal electoral conditions. U.S. high-level officials have publicly said they would ease some of the economic and political sanctions imposed on the country in exchange for meaningful concessions by Nicolas Maduro’s government, and there is clearly an ongoing back channel between U.S. and Venezuelan authorities along these lines. While this discussion is essential, it often overshadows a vital aspect of the...

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