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Venezuela: Why The World Needs To Act

This article by IWP research professor Dr. Paul Coyer was published by Forbes

In the wake of the Second World War, the United States created regional multilateral organizations that were meant to constrain the ability of hostile extra-hemispheric powers to undermine American interests in the region, as well as to inculcate norms such as transparency, institutional capacity, free markets, representative governance, rule of law and human rights that Washington wished to champion. The United States has allowed the effectiveness of these international organizations, particularly that of the Organization of American States (OAS), to atrophy – they need to be dusted off and put to use.

Over the past three plus weeks, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans of all walks of life have participated in public protests against what they view as a criminal regime that has denied them basic goods they need to survive while subverting the Venezuelan constitution in an attempt to remain in power as long as possible.