People sign documents March 9 to show their support for the Venezuelan government after the United States imposed sanctions on Venezuelan officials over rights abuses.

People sign documents March 9 to show their support for the Venezuelan government after the United States imposed sanctions on Venezuelan officials over rights abuses.

Friction between the U.S. and Venezuela has been intensifying for months. But this week it got decidedly worse. The White House declared Venezuela a national security threat and sanctioned seven top officials. Critics of the U.S. actions said Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, would use the sanctions to his advantage. He has accused the U.S. of trying to topple his government and blamed the U.S. for his nation’s faltering economy. Cuba came to Venezuela’s defense, further complicating U.S. policy in the region. Join a discussion of the escalation of U.S.-Venezuelan tensions – and what’s at stake.

Guests

  • Michael McCarthy research fellow at American University's Center for Latin American Studies; former Fulbright and Inter-American Foundation fellow in Caracas.
  • Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez a geopolitical-risk analyst based in Chicago, where he teaches Latin American business at the Kellogg School of Management. He is a weekly political columnist for the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.
  • Mark Weisbrot co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He has written about the Venezuelan economy for the past decade and is the author of the forthcoming book "Failed: What the 'Experts' Got Wrong About the Global Economy."

Related Links

Topics + Tags

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, May 20 2016The latest on the crash of the Egypt Air passenger plane. ISIS ramps up its bombings in Baghdad. And Nigerian authorities say two of the missing schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram have been found. A panel of journalists joins guest host Allison Aubrey for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, May 20 2016Donald Trump unveils his proposed Supreme Court nominees. Bernie Sanders tells the Democratic Party to "let the people in." And the federal government promises action to fight long airport security delays. A panel of journalists joins guest host Allison Aubrey of NPR News for analysis of the week's top national news stories.