Preparing for the Day After in Venezuela

| Michael Morell
Michael J. Morell
Former Acting Director, CIA

The Trump Administration and the international community are focused on helping Venezuelans dislodge Nicholas Maduro from power and install Juan Guaido in the presidential palace.  Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, is recognized by the United States and some 50 other countries as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Even though it is the focus of the moment, removing Maduro will not be the end of the process of recovery in Venezuela; it will only be the beginning. And, as hard as it has been to dislodge Maduro, the aftermath of the transition of power will be even more difficult, and the United States and its allies in the region must have a workable plan today for when that moment arrives.

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The Author is Michael J. Morell

Michael Morell, the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of our nation's leading national security professionals, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy.  He has been at the center of our nation's fight against terrorism, its work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and its efforts to respond to trends that are altering the international landscape—including the Arab Spring, the rise of China,... Read More

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