Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela? Phil Gunson – Senior Analyst, Andes International Crisis Group In recent weeks Nicolás Maduro appears to have taken a back seat to Venezuela’s top general, defence minister Vladimir Padrino López, who also – unusually – holds the post of operational commander of the armed forces. On 11 July, Maduro announced that he…

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice International Crisis Group The full briefing is also available in: español OVERVIEW In December 2015, President Nicolás Maduro immediately recognised the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition’s resounding legislative election victory. For the first time in over sixteen years, the prospect arose of political cohabitation between the alliance led by the ruling…

President Rousseff of Brazil is Making Matters Worse by Naming Lula Da Silva to be Chief-Of-Staff

President Rousseff of Brazil is Making Matters Worse by Naming Lula Da Silva to be Chief-Of-Staff Joachim de Villiers, Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil is facing internal pressure from ordinary Brazilians who are disillusioned with her economic policies and issues related to corruption. This reality should…

Venezuela on the Edge

Venezuela on the Edge International Crisis Group The 6 December parliamentary election in which the Venezuelan opposition won a landslide victory and a two-thirds legislative majority, combined with the ongoing economic meltdown, should have encouraged a more conciliatory stance by the government and a mutual search for a basic political agreement. But it has not,…

Brazil and World Health Organization: Growing Spread of Zika Virus throughout the Americas

Brazil and World Health Organization: Growing Spread of Zika Virus throughout the Americas Galina Zobova and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the Zika virus will spread to all but two nations throughout South America and North America, with Canada and continental Chile being the two exceptions. Of course,…

Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State

Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS The Executive Summary is also available in: Spanish Horrific, unpunished human rights violations have blurred the lines between politics, government and crime in Mexico’s south-western Guerrero state. Drug gangs not only control the illegal heroin industry and prey on ordinary citizens…

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster International Crisis Group OVERVIEW The accelerating deterioration of Venezuela’s political crisis is cause for growing concern. The collapse in 2014 of an incipient dialogue between government and opposition ushered in growing political instability. With legislative elections due in December, there are fears of renewed violence. But there is a less widely appreciated…

On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks

On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks International Crisis Group OVERVIEW The peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) enter their toughest stretch both vulnerable and resilient. The former quality was displayed on 22 May, when the collapse of the guerrillas’ five-month old unilateral ceasefire triggered…

Mexico: Upheaval and Paralysis

Mexico: Upheaval and Paralysis By Mary Speck | @speckmary International Crisis Group “Mexico cannot go on like this”, President Enrique Peña Nieto said on 27 November, addressing the country from the National Assembly. Most Mexicans would agree, yet Mexico remains embroiled in a political crisis over the disappearance of 43 students, apparently at the hands…