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Western Efforts for Democratic Progress in Venezuela Face Increased Complications

June 7, 2023

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., was quoted in the recent Financial Times story, "Venezuela's Maduro sidesteps U.S. pressure to bask in regional limelight." The article discusses how the growing regional recognition of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro further complicates the U.S. and E.U.'s efforts to address the Venezuelan crisis and promote democratic advancement.

Ambassador Shannon, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, explained that a recent endorsement of Maduro by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva could weaken the Biden administration's approach to Venezuela, as it might convince Maduro that he doesn't need to concede to Western pressure.

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