Venezuela: Priorities are de-escalation and elections

The crisis in Venezuela risks descending into civil war. The all-out power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaidó is likely to escalate as Guaidó returned to Venezuela this week. President Maduro still has the backing of Cuba, China, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and dozens of states, while Guaidó is recognized by over 60 countries including the United States, major powers within the European Union, and much of Latin America. Decisions made in the coming days and weeks are critical to avoid making a very bad situation much worse.

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