Why Colombia’s President Should Change Course on Venezuela

By Sandra Borda

Iván Duque still has room to lead on the Venezuelan crisis. But political pressures and alignment with the U.S. will make a course correction difficult.

While Colombia’s President Iván Duque has continued and even expanded his predecessor’s open immigration policy toward Venezuela, his administration has taken a substantially different tack when it comes to dealing with Nicolás Maduro. 

Where the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos focused on aiding a process of negotiation and transition in Caracas, Duque has hardened Colombia’s position, aligning himself with the U.S. and elements of the Venezuelan opposition intent on deposing Maduro in the near term.  

At present, with Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan...

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