Alex Moldovan is a freelance analyst based in Toronto, Canada. He is currently a doctoral student at York University focusing on social movements and security in Latin America. He has previously written for Open Democracy and Globalizations.
President Nicolas Maduro’s calculation includes the potential for domestic and international political and economic gains.
The recent regional elections were billed as a test for the beginning of the end of a years-long political stalemate.
Cubans are tired of their deteriorating economic situation, featuring daily power cuts, shortages of food and medicine, and a record spike in pandemic cases.
By cracking down on FARC dissidents, Caracas aims to co-opt the guerrillas as loyalist proxies it can wield as a foreign policy tool.
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