Venezuela: No Resolution in Sight Despite Mounting Pressure on Maduro

Juan Guaidó has emerged as the face of the opposition effort to topple President Nicolás Maduro. Photo: Molina86/ShutterStock

Widespread unrest due to Venezuela's ongoing political crisis is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. National Assembly President Juan Guaidó plans to continue calling for major protests to increase pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign.

Impact to Safety to Remain Limited During US Government Shutdown

The ongoing partial US federal government shutdown will likely cause increasing disruptions to air travel in the US in the coming weeks unless the impasse is resolved. While the shutdown is currently causing few disruptions to air travel, it has the potential to cause very serious disruptions if federal employees begin to walk off the job in significant numbers.

Brazil Presidential Election Likely to Lead to Further Polarization

The historic victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 presidential election is likely to result in an increase in civil unrest and violence during the president-elect's term in office. Bolsonaro has proposed and will likely implement a heavy-handed security strategy, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. As a result, extrajudicial killings and disproportionate use of force by security forces may increase, particularly in Brazil's Favelas (shanty towns).