Can a Revived Opposition Stop Venezuela’s Authoritarian Slide?


In this piece for World Politics Review, WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde reviews increased international pressures placed on the Venezuelan government, which have resulted in a surge in opposition activity. At the end of March, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, began an international discussion of Venezuelan democracy, leading to pressures brought by OAS member states. The result has led to a more organized opposition movement with reasonable demands: respect for the democratically elected National Assembly and an electoral calendar. While it is unclear what will unfold, the opposition is in a much better place to succeed moving forward.