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Russian Troops Arrive in Venezuela: Maduro Bolstered

March 27, 2019

Episode Notes:

Over the weekend, two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela's main airport, carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 uniformed troops, adding to the Russian personnel already there.

Shannon O'Neil, Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins the Warcast to discuss the Russian commitment and the future of Venezuela. (~10 minutes)

[ 0:18 ] Introduction
[ 0:52 ] Details of the personnel arrival
[ 1:40 ] Level of Russian commitment
[ 2:48 ] Likelihood of U.S. invention and what kind
[ 4:52 ] Dividing versus shifting military support for Maduro
[ 6:11 ] The best options for the U.S.
[ 8:29 ] Whether Venezuela is a great power flashpoint

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