A Major Roadblock in Future U.S.-Venezuela Talks: the ELN

By Charles Larratt-Smith, Andrés Aponte González

The guerrilla group’s growing power is an obstacle to democratic and economic stabilization in Venezuela.

The growing power of the ELN guerrilla group has enormous implications if talks between Washington and Caracas continue to move forward. Latin America’s largest insurgency is ardently committed to protecting the regime of President Nicolás Maduro, making it an underappreciated stumbling block for any return to democratic rule and economic stability in Venezuela. It is already a potent obstacle to meaningful reform, and if it continues to metastasize, it will eventually jeopardize the regime’s very capacity to change course. While details of recent U.S.-Venezuela talks remain secret,...

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