Cold War

Expert Voices

Crisis persists as Venezuelans await next moves by Maduro and Guaidó

Nicolas Maduro holding up the Venzuelan flag at a rally
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at a pro-government march in Caracas on May 1. Photo: Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Revelations of talks between regime loyalists and the opposition interim government this week left Nicolás Maduro scrambling to close new fissures and raised the risks of further violence and instability in Venezuela.

The big picture: Nearly 30 years after the last Cold War battles in Europe, a similar fight is playing out in Latin America, with Russia propping up a dictator. More than 160 Venezuelans lost their lives during pro-democracy demonstrations in 2017, and the greatest turmoil may still lie ahead.

Doomsday Clock remains at 2 minutes to midnight

Antalya with heavy rain.
A pier near Antalya, Turkey, almost covered by the sea due to high water levels. Photo: Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Doomsday Clock will remain at 2 minutes to midnight — its closest to the symbolic destruction of humanity since its creation in 1953 at the height of the Cold War— because of a lack of progress on nuclear and climate issues, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board.

What they're saying: The board said that the decision to keep the clock unchanged was due to "the increased use of information warfare to undermine democracy around the world, amplifying risk from [nuclear, climate] and other threats and putting the future of civilization in extraordinary danger."

Go deeper: Climate scientists refute 12-year deadline to curb global warming