Yesterday, our own Francisco Toro was interviewed by our friends at Global Dispatches Podcast, discussing his joint The Atlantic piece with Moises Naím; Venezuela Is Falling Apart.

In this podcast, Quico flips the question “Why is Venezuela collapsing so fast now?”, to “Why hadn’t it collapsed sooner?”. He also touches base on why the government, despite the obvious crisis, can’t just fall apart.

Hear the entire podcast here:


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  1. Loved your talk, but you should have been harder on the Pope. This is the time for the Papacy to step-in with basic pronouncements of fundamental human rights. Such as, “The Vatican recognizes that the people of Venezuela have the basic democratic right to vote for or against the current political and economic course of the government.” Simple stuff. That is all that is needed. Their silence, however, is prolonging the misery of the people. Pope Francis needs to speak, …and soon.

    • I think you fundamentally misunderstand his role in all this. His value is that precisely because he hasn’t and won’t do that, he retains his viability as a mediator.

          • Francisco is right , The Popes unprecedented initiative in sending a (private) letter to Maduro , the sending of a high ranking vatican official to Venezuela , his previours role in bringing the US Govt and the Cuban regime together……his choice of the former Papal Nuncio to Venezuela as his Second in Command , (someone both very clever and knowldegeable about Venezuela ) speaks of the possibility that if ever the regime is willing to strike somekind of bargain the Pope is posed to act as the middleman in any negotiation . The regime may appear unified but you bet there are different groups groping for a solution to the current crisis…….!! We are at the crosshairs of his concerns !!

    • What is your obsession with the Pope? Why should he first do that and not spend more time dealing with Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria? Or, let’s say, Congo, Nigeria, South Africa and several other dozen countries? Why would he have more power than a hundred other international leaders?

  2. Very good interview Quico, specially the first half, very articulate and on point.
    Negotiations though are a not going to work, not until the moment comes when chavistas WANT to leave power, at that point negotiations will help ease their way out. But we are far from that point right now, because they are not feeling the pain yet, the people are, but not the chavistas in power.

  3. Well done. Those who are new to Venezuela will, after hearing this podcast, realize that the high price of oil merely masked the underlying problems of the Chavista economy: control after control after frozen price.


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