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CBC: Eric Farnsworth on Security Forces in Venezuela

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Eric Farnsworth, vice president of AS/COA, spoke with CBC's Power & Politics show about the role the United States plays in the Venezuela crisis. On the current situation between the Nicolás Maduro regime and Juan Guaidó's interim government, he said: "Breakthrough would require one of the two sides to back down, and I don't see Maduro and his immediate supporters agreeing to leave anytime soon, and interim President Guaidó has the support of the international community, so I don't see him necessarily backtracking either." 

Farnsworth also spoke on the Venezuelan military's position within the revolution, "The Chávez government…and now the Maduro government have spent an awful lot of attention and priority to try to maintain the loyalty of the security forces." Farnsworth also explained that because of their ties with the Nicolás Maduro government, it's harder for military officials to change sides. "It's not easy. You can't just say 'O.K. I'm going to rebel today and have a successful rebellion.' It's a lot more complicated than that, so these are some of the calculations I think people are weighing right now."