The crisis in Venezuela and increasing tensions between the Colombian government and the Maduro regime threaten the security of the region and Colombia’s 2016 FARC peace accord. USIP’s Steve Hege discusses recent obstacles to implementation of that accord and how the U.S. can support a democratic transition in Venezuela.

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