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This stands in stark contrast with the Trump administration’s strategy for Venezuela, which Biden’s Belarus plan appears to mirror in its entirety. Vowing to stand with the Venezuelan people in their pursuit of Democracy, Washington endorsed opposition leader Juan Guaido as “interim president” of that Latin American country in January 2019, lining up the Organization of American States and even the EU in support.
However, Guaido has repeatedly failed to seize power in Caracas, leaving the government of President Nicolas Maduro more entrenched than ever. Meanwhile, the US-imposed sanctions – ostensibly targeting Maduro’s “regime” – have made lives miserable for the vast majority of Venezuelans, as even think tanks supporting the policy have noted.
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