Analyzing Venezuela’s Political Climate: David Smilde on NPR

In this July 13 interview with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde looks at the government’s response to the worsening scarcity of economic goods in Venezuela. In his words, “[t]here is a huge gap between what the people want and what the reality is of power in Venezuela right now.“ As this disconnect persists, there have been reports across the country of popular unrest.  "We are starting to see looting that takes on an epidemic quality,” Smilde notes. “You’ll get five, 10, 20 stores that are looted. I think that kind of social upheaval is what could be a big problem.”