In OAS Elections, Competing Visions for Latin America

By Cecilia Tornaghi

Venezuela is at the core of the coming fight to lead the Organization of American States.

Since its founding in 1948, the Organization of American States (OAS) has been viewed in Latin America alternately as a puppet of the U.S. or an indispensable eyewitness, an irrelevant bureaucracy or an invaluable resource. Sometimes, it’s been all of the above. But over the last five years, a different moniker has come to define the organization: polarized.

With the region divided over how to react to Venezuela's implosion, some member states have lauded Secretary General Luis Almagro’s hard stance toward Nicolás Maduro as a necessary line in the sand. But others deride the...

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