Government's actions undermine calls for mediation. The Vatican's conditional interest in mediating the political chaos in Venezuela is the first promising development in that country since the current round of unrest began in earnest almost two months ago. Yet there is little reason for optimism because the government seems to be in no mood for peace.
If the U.S. had more Russia experts, we might have a clearer picture. Sovietology may be as defunct as the Soviet Union itself. But the need for a dedicated and deep understanding of Russia -- especially the motives and machinations emanating from the Kremlin -- is as critical as ever.
There are many theories about why Mexico is cozying up to Cuba's dictatorship and looking the other way as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro brutally represses street demonstrations, but I think the most credible one can be summed up in one word -- fear
The insidious nature of addiction is rooted in the addict's physical and psychological being. No matter how many cautionary movies, parental admonishments and societal pressures are brought to bear, addiction is a disease that subverts the most basic human instincts: self-preservation and survival.
When I interviewed the head of the International Monetary Fund’s Western Hemisphere division last week, he didn’t mince words about the possibility of Venezuela descending into even greater economic chaos.