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Ongoing Challenges to Venezuela’s Energy Sector

The National Council Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE) held a public online event on July 1, 2020 to discuss current challenges facing Venezuela’s energy sector, including US sanctions, declining crude output, gasoline shortages, and relations with Iran and Russia. Lisa Viscidi, Director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Dialogue, moderated the event and Risa Grais-Targow, Director of Latin America at Eurasia Group, appeared as the featured speaker. 

Lisa Viscidi, Risa Grais-Targow

Presentations ˙ ˙ NCAC-USAEE

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro last month created a commission with the aim of revamping the country’s oil industry, which he said was in a state of emergency. // File Photo: Venezuelan Government.

What Does Maduro’s ‘Energy Emergency’ Mean for Venezuela?

How much will the latest sanctions hurt Venezuela’s oil production and exports, and will the move ultimately result in significantly more pressure on Maduro to step down?

Francisco J. Monaldi, Massimiliano Ballotta, Javier Coronado, Arturo H. Banegas Masiá, Richard N. Sawaya

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Is the Venezuela Crisis Becoming a Proxy Conflict?

While the crisis in Venezuela is primarily humanitarian in nature, international involvement has escalated to the point where a discussion of the geopolitics surrounding the issue is both appropriate and timely. To that end, the Inter-American Dialogue co-hosted a discussion on May 21 titled “Is the Venezuela Crisis Becoming a Proxy Conflict?” with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Paula Jaramillo

Event Summaries ˙

Trump’s Cuba Sanctions Are a Mistake

President Donald Trump’s decision last month to increase sanctions on Cuba represents a strategic error with serious long-term repercussions for U.S. national security.

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

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Shifter: “The Embarrassing Amateurism of Trump’s Foreign Policy Team”

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, was interviewed for Background Briefing with Ian Masters, where he discussed the Trump administration’s foreign policy towards Venezuela during this crisis and how their militarist thinking is not the best course of action.

Michael Shifter

Podcasts ˙ ˙ Background Briefing

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Protests Continue in Venezuela

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, was interviewed by BBC World News on the future of the Venezuelan armed forces amidst continuing protests as well as the possibility of US and Russian intervention. 

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ BBC World News

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The International Standoff Over Venezuela

Energy Program Director Lisa Viscidi went on CGTN to discuss the latest developments in the increasingly international debate over how to peacefully resolve the crisis in embattled Venezuela. 

Lisa Viscidi

Interviews ˙ ˙ CGTN

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Myers: China-Venezuela decision-making “will be very pragmatic in nature.”

As the situation in Venezuela continues to unfold, Phoenix TV spoke with the Director of the Dialogue’s Asia & Latin America Program Margaret Myers on China’s position regarding the ongoing Venezuelan crisis, as well as how China’s approach to the country differs from Russia’s.

Margaret Myers

Interviews ˙ ˙ Phoenix Television

Ecuador Suspends Internet Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Ecuador has now confirmed that it cut off internet access at their London Embassy for Julian Assange, the leader of the group WikiLeaks, who has been staying at the embassy since 2012. NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks to Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, about what Ecuador’s calculus might be.

Michael Shifter, Kelly McEvers

Interviews ˙ ˙ NPR

Putin is Still ¡Muy Popular!

Vladimir Putin’s six-day Latin American tour this past week reveals that the Russian president will not be quiescent.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy