Friction between the U.S. and Venezuela has been intensifying for months. But this week it got decidedly worse. The White House declared Venezuela a national security threat and sanctioned seven top officials. Critics of the U.S. actions said Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, would use the sanctions to his advantage. He has accused the U.S. of trying to topple his government and blamed the U.S. for his nation’s faltering economy. Cuba came to Venezuela’s defense, further complicating U.S. policy in the region. Join a discussion of the escalation of U.S.-Venezuelan tensions – and what’s at stake.
- Mark Weisbrot Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He has written about the Venezuelan economy for the past decade and is the author of the forthcoming book "Failed: What the 'Experts' Got Wrong About the Global Economy."
- Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez A geopolitical-risk analyst based in Chicago, where he teaches Latin American business at the Kellogg School of Management. He is a weekly political columnist for the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.
- Michael McCarthy Research fellow at American University's Center for Latin American Studies; former Fulbright and Inter-American Foundation fellow in Caracas.