What We’re Following
What comes next in the U.S.-Venezuela relationship? Venezuela has been ravaged by an economic crisis under the leadership of President Nicolás Maduro, and yesterday, the Trump administration took the drastic step of recognizing the 35-year-old opposition leader Juan Guaidó—who declared himself “interim president”—as head of the country. The move is heavy in symbolism, but it’s unclear how, if at all, the Trump administration would back up the rhetoric if Maduro weaponizes the military to clamp down on his dissenters. (Get a sense of the scale of these anti-government demonstrations in Venezuela, in this photo gallery.)
It’s never been a walk in the park to run a major university, but the task is becoming all the more challenging, as the recently departed presidents of Michigan State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can attest. College presidents are more likely to get fired than in previous decades, recent research shows, as they’re sandwiched between angry students and governing boards. The endless politicking means that fewer qualified candidates may be willing to take the job.
Will Russian leader Vladimir Putin invade this small city in a small country that borders Russia, the way he did in eastern Ukraine with Crimea in 2014? Russian-speaking Narva, a city located on the easternmost point of Estonia, could become the epicenter of major geopolitical conflict. Estonia is a member NATO, and should Putin make such a push, it would test a fundamental cornerstone of the alliance: Article V, which requires all NATO members, including the U.S., to come to the defense of any other attacked member state. Article V has only been invoked once before.