David Smilde

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 00:00
"I found out that Ramon Guillermo Aveledo told the State Department that the only way to resolve this (salir de esto) is by provoking and accentuating a crisis, a coup or a self-coup"
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 00:00
The only government in the hemisphere that has not recognized Maduro's election is the United States. All other countries including the US’s close ally and Venezuela's neighbor Colombia recognized the election result quickly
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 00:00
Colombia's meetings with Capriles and announcement that it was seeking to strengthen ties to NATO essentially represented a move towards the US. Venezuela turned around and themselves strengthened ties to the US
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 00:00
Imposed in 2003, exchange control has rendered a progressive overvaluation of the Bolivar, which has led to a wave of imports targeted for consumption rather than investment, as well as capital flight
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 00:00
Indeed not only did Jaua meet with Kerry yesterday, Maduro softened his approach to tensions with Colombia
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 00:00
Last week's meeting between Miranda governor Henrique Capriles and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos began a sequence of events that has revealed the fragility in what has been heretofore a source of strength for the Maduro government-international r
Friday, May 31, 2013 - 00:00
The turmoil leaves Globovision’s role as an opposition outlet in doubt and appears to represent a new extension of the Venezuelan government’s control over broadcast media
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 00:00
Since our previous post we have continued to track the conspiracy theories forwarded by the Maduro government
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 00:00
At this point, it is hard to imagine Chavismo as currently configured recovering the 60% majorities it has had in the past.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 00:00
The plan has been criticized by human rights activists who see it as a return to Venezuela’s tradition of militarized policing.