Venezuelans cross the Simon Bolivar bridge linking San Antonio del Tachira, in Venezuela with Cucuta, Colombia, to buy basic supplies on 16 July, 2016. Photograph: George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images
The burgeoning meltdown in Venezuela has several dimensions, all of them important for anyone concerned about the political health of the Americas and how this can impact on international politics more generally.
In the first part of this post, I argued that one of the more important back stories of the 2016 US elections was a Russian-American effort to restore the sagging fortunes of their traditional energy businesses. This second part explains how this may actually happen.
In this first part of a two-part blog, i look at recent developments in the Russian and American energy sectors and the role they may have played in the US elections.
El acercamiento entre Washington y La Habana es tentativo, complicado e incierto. Sin embargo, el habla a favor de un potencial cambio fundamental en la política de la isla y en la de varios otros países, incluidos los que son benefactores tradicionales de Cuba.
Cuban communists can count. They understand that they have a maximum of three or four years either to become a different kind of politician or to open their own businesses, taking advantage as best they can of the new economic opportunities opened by the rapprochement with the US. Or they can bet on world revolution, Putin-style.