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From Tulane Today and Fox News: Sociology professor David Smilde discusses the continuing chaos in Venezuela

April 8th, 2019

This story originally appeared in Tulane Today and Fox News entitled Caracas, once a thriving metropolis, is struggling as country plunges further into chaos on April 6, 2019.

A recent news item from Fox News featured Tulane University sociologist and Venezuela expert David Smilde. In the article, Smilde comments on Maduro’s continued support from the Venezuelan’s military and aid from countries such as Russia, Cuba, and China. Smilde notes, that “Russia has become Maduro’s most important ally. The Russian military equipment and personnel sent in March will likely help maintain and operate Venezuela’s sophisticated Russian-made S-300 air defense system, which protects the capital and key military bases from air attack.”

Read the entire story in the original article here.

Venezuela + People
Arachu Castro
Senior Associate Research Fellow - Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America