The Problem With Defending Democracy in Venezuela, But Not Cuba

By Patricio Navia

Maduro can learn from Cuba that if he hangs on a few months, regional leaders will forget about restoring democracy in Venezuela.

The ineffectiveness of Latin American leaders in promoting a transition to democracy in Venezuela today has a lot to do with their lack of commitment to a democratic transition in Cuba in recent years.

There is no question that Venezuela is a dictatorship. While there were reasonable arguments in favor of defining Venezuela as an ill-functioning democracy until a few years ago, when the Nicolás Maduro regime stripped the democratically elected legislature of its powers in 2017, Venezuela unequivocally descended into authoritarian rule. Unfortunately, not being democratic is not...

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