Violence Looms over Venezuela Constitution Fight
July 9, 2017
Venezuela is seeing increased violent conflict, as highlighted in last week’s Global Forecast. The ingredients for a breakdown of the political order have long been present in the Latin American state: deadlocked institutions, economic collapse, widespread protests, and armed paramilitary groups. But more recently there have been open clashes between politicians and paramilitaries, as well as direct attacks on state institutions. These are troubling trends, as they suggest that Venezuela’s struggles are about to slip from the political realm and into existential conflict. And tempers will flare further as President Maduro proceeds with constitutional reform.