The Stalemate in Venezuela

The recent U.S. sanctions in Venezuela are not only worsening the economic situation, but increasing the country's cynicism toward any hope of resolution.

The Stalemate in Venezuela

September 16, 2019

Dr. Rebecca Hanson co-wrote an article on the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) regarding the economic, political and social consequences of U.S. sanctions in Venezuela.

"With each new raising of the stakes, political discourse becomes an increasingly zero-sum game. While the Guaidó-led opposition has remained silent on the suffering the sanctions will cause, some Chavista politicians have used the sanctions as means to enforce loyalty. For example, shortly after Trump signed the executive order, videos and social media messages announced that those who did not sign a circulated document against the bloqueo could be denied CLAP boxes, an indispensable—albeit inconsistent—source of food for many in the popular sectors. And for social movements and political parties, it becomes increasingly difficult to thread the needle between criticizing sanctions and the U.S. government while at the same time positioning themselves against the Maduro government."

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