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Latin American final part 2

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Venezuela presents a complex situation for a humanitarian response—where there is a legitimate, widely-recognized, and democratically-elected entity in the National Assembly, and its leader, Juan Guaidó, who was sworn in as interim president. However, he does not, as of now, have the command of the military forces or the government bureaucracy. So, while there has been an official request of humanitarian aid from the National Assembly and a response from the multilateral community, it is a contested environment, where the delivery of aid is being explicitly blocked by Nicolas Maduro and the military.
The stakes could not be greater for Venezuela. A man-made crisis due to corruption, repression and incompetence has plunged a once-prosperous country to the brink of starvation and destitution. The regime overseeing this disaster remains in place through military force and political repression.
The U.S. joins over 50 countries, led by the Lima Group of Latin American nations and Canada, and most of the European Union, in their support for Juan Guaidó as interim president and calls for an expedient democratic transition through elections. The current U.S. government strategy appears to seek to exert maximum economic and political pressure on the regime, while the interim president Juan Guaidó promotes an Amnesty Law encouraging the military to abandon Maduro. As this strategy plays out, the U.S. government should project an unwavering commitment to helping the people of Venezuela, provide humanitarian aid in the immediate term, and prepare for larger scale engagement to stabilize and restore hope for millions of Venezuelans.