Canada and the Venezuela crisis


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Title Canada and the Venezuela crisis
Canadá y la crisis de Venezuela
Creator Grenier, Yvon
Subject Canada;
foreign policy;
human rights
política exterior;
derechos humanos
Description Over the past few years, Canada has stepped out of its comfort zone in hemispheric af­fairs, to speak and act forcefully, as Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland put it, in solidarity with “the people of Venezuela and their desire to restore democracy and human rights in Venezuela.” With its partners of the Lima Group, Canada imposed sanctions on the Maduro regime, recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president, and called for free and fair elections as soon as possible. The article identi­fies possible factors explaining Canada’s policy. The main proposition is that the Venezuela crisis features an extraordinary combination of domestic and international factors that make participation to a multilateral and diplomatic push for restoration of democracy an ambi­tious but judicious option for Canada. The article also presents the criticism to this policy, and discusses the issue of human rights and democracy promotion in the broader context of Canadian foreign policy.
En los últimos años, Canadá ha salido de su zona de confort en los asuntos hemisféricos para hablar y actuar enérgicamente, como lo expresó la ministra de relaciones exteriores, Chrystia Freeland, en solidaridad con “el pueblo de Venezuela y su deseo de restaurar la democracia y los derechos humanos en Vene­zuela”. Con sus socios del Grupo de Lima, Ca­nadá impuso sanciones al régimen de Maduro, reconoció a Juan Guaidó como presidente interino y convocó a elecciones libres y justas lo antes posible. El artículo identifica posibles factores que explican la política de Canadá. La propuesta principal es que la crisis de Venezue­la presenta una combinación extraordinaria de factores nacionales e internacionales que hacen que la participación en un impulso multilate­ral y diplomático para el restablecimiento de la democracia sea una opción ambiciosa pero, sensata para Canadá. El artículo también pre­senta las críticas a esta política y analiza el tema de los derechos humanos y la promoción de la democracia en el contexto más amplio de la política exterior canadiense.
Publisher Facultad de Finanzas, Gobierno y Relaciones Internacionales
Date 2019-06-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source OASIS; No 30 (2019): July-December; 55-75
OASIS; Núm. 30 (2019): Julio-Diciembre; 55-75
Language eng
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