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Unrest in Venezuela: 2017 Political & Economic Crisis

Venezuela is in the throes of a political and economic crisis. By no means a newfound occurrence for Venezuelans, this time, things are different.

As the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and the threat of escalations on the Korean Peninsula continue to draw the majority of international media attention, Venezuela’s deepening political and economic crisis rapidly grows regarding significance for security in the Americas.

People have been willing to publicly protest led by a unified opposition with specific demands are being met by the government with repression. If no concessions are made by the government, the unrest could potentially peter out if no change occurs. Alternatively, further oppression by the government could lead to heightened internal unrest.

Geopolitical Hotspots: The World in 2018

Two thousand seventeen had its fair share of big news stories. The same will be true of 2018. Some of those stories undoubtedly will be a surprise. Not many experts were warning a year ago of an impending ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar. Yet it (sadly) became one of the biggest news stories of 2017. Maybe a year from now everyone will…
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How Much Longer Will Maduro’s Grip on Power Last? Look to the Venezuelan Military for Answers.

If Nicolás Maduro loses the support of the Venezuelan military, his presidency—and regime—will be in danger. A large middle class has been thrust into poverty in Venezuela. Food and medicine are in short supply, and malnourishment is widespread. Security forces have violently beaten back opposition protesters and jailed leading opposition figures.…
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