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Unformatted text preview: den the regime and wreck opposition momentum Christy 613 (Patrick Christy, senior policy analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative, The Foreign Policy Intiative, U.S. Overtures to Maduro Hurt Venezuela’s Democratic Opposition, http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/content/usoverturesmadurohurtvenezuela%E2%80%99s
democraticopposition,PS) On the margins of a multilateral summit in Guatemala last week, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jose Jaua, marking the Obama administration's latest attempt to reset relations with the South American nation. What's worrisome is that Secretary Kerry's enthusiasm to find, in his words, a "new way forward" with Venezuela could end up legitimizing Chavezsuccessor Nicolas Maduro's quest for power and undermining the country's democratic opposition and state institutions. ¶ Since the death of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez in March, Maduro's actions have more resembled those of a Cuban strongman than a democraticallyelected official. Indeed...
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