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What's Happening in Venezuela? A Resource Guide

Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó (AP)

Juan Guaidó (AP)

March 07, 2019

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At a rally in Caracas on January 23 and citing the Venezuelan Constitution, Speaker of Congress Juan Guaidó administered the oath of office to himself to become interim president of Venezuela. Hear from AS/COA experts and check out resources on the moment and all that’s led to it.

AS/COA in the News

Interviews and speeches

The [United States'] primary motivation I believe is one of trying to relieve humanitarian distress.
Eric Farnsworth to Bloomberg

Articles, op-eds, and Q&As

The Chinese have $40 billion on the line that needs to be paid.
Guillermo Zubillaga on Yahoo Finance

  • "We Just Need the Armed Forces to Take the Step" (January 22, 2019)
    In this Americas Quarterly Q&A, exiled opposition leader David Smolansky speaks about Venezuela’s “unified front” and his friend Juan Guaidó.
  • "Meet Juan Guaidó, the New Face of Venezuela's Opposition" (January 9, 2019)
    Juan Guaidó’s youth gives him less baggage than many of his colleagues. Will that help him take on Maduro? AS/COA’s Guillermo Zubillaga profiles him for Americas Quarterly.
  • "At the G20, Trump Should Work with China and Russia on the Crisis in Venezuela" (November 29, 2018)
    President Donald Trump’s trip to Argentina could be among the most consequential of any U.S. leader's to Latin America, writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth in The Washington Post.
  • "Venezuela Can't Become Another Rwanda" (September 20, 2018)
    In this Americas Quarterly podcast episode, OAS head Luis Almagro outlines why a regional response to Venezuela is more urgent than ever.
  • "The Gathering Storm in Venezuela" (May 27, 2018)
    As Venezuela hurtles toward global pariah status, democracies worldwide are finally acknowledging the crisis, writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth for Univision News.
  • "Meet 10 People Who Will (One Day) Rebuild Venezuela" (April 23, 2018)
    Rebuilding Venezuela will require a diverse mix of people with great talent and realistic goals. Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter takes a hard look at the challenges ahead.
  • "Venezuela's Downward Spiral" (April 28, 2017)
    "The patience of long-suffering Venezuelans appears to be running out," writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth in HuffPost.
  • "Is There Hope for Change in Venezuela?" (April 8, 2017)
    Without economic reform, there’s no immediate way for the government to address Venezuela’s troubles, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for Barron’s.
  • "Venezuela's Long Slide toward Chaos" (February 25, 2016)
    The international community should back democracy in Venezuela, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for The National Interest.
  • "Chavismo Isn't the Force It Once Was" (December 1, 2015)
    Every poll is a snapshot—and they paint a picture of a Venezuela in flux, says Datanalisis Executive Director Luis Vicente León in this AS/COA Online Q&A.

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Events and Resources

Electoral irregularities and constitutional crises

The economy, oil, and bond payments

Migration and health crisis

This guide was originally published January 24 and is regularly updated as more materials are published.