The Future of Security in Venezuela
Under the Maduro Regime, citizen security and state control in Venezuela have deteriorated dramatically. Transnational criminal groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) operate on Venezuelan soil with the regime’s support and control large swathes of territory. Violent confrontations between criminal groups and the Venezuelan military in Apure state have resulted in mounting casualties and forced migration into Colombia. Meanwhile, in urban areas such as Caracas, violent gangs have clashed with state security forces, shutting down neighborhoods and further deteriorating state control.
This event will discuss the lack of citizen security in Venezuela under the Maduro regime, the fragmentation of state control over territory, and the influence of extra-hemispheric actors, such as Russia and Iran, and what this means for regional security. Panelists will share their expert insights on security, defense, and corruption in Venezuela and will consider how to improve the security situation in the country.
This event was made possible through general support to CSIS.