Crisis in Venezuela Earns Varying Degrees of Global Response
The economic crisis in Venezuela has produced one of the worst humanitarian crises in the modern history of our hemisphere. With the government's implementation of extreme cutbacks and regulations, basic necessities like food and medicine are either impossible to afford or simply not available. Venezuelans have no option but to flee their country. The UN estimated that around 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country in the past couple of years. This month, the Trump administration met in secret with rebel Venezuelan officers to discuss a possible coup to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro from office. To discuss this crisis we are joined by Andreas Feldmann, an Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). David Smilde also joins us. He is a Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) senior fellow and curator of WOLA’s Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights blog.