The economic crisis in Venezuela stopped being a domestic Venezuelan problem long ago, and the region is coping accordingly. Last week, Colombia declined to sign a declaration that ruled out the use of force to address the crisis. The declaration was agreed to by 11 of 14 members of the Lima Group, an organization formed in 2017 to address the crisis. (Canada and Guyana also refused to sign the declaration.) Bogota’s abstention created an uproar in the international community and fueled rumors that a military intervention in Venezuela was in the works. But that debate overshadowed a more important development of which Colombia’s refusal to eliminate the possibility of a military solution was merely one indicator: Countries on the continent are increasingly breaking ranks with their South American neighbors and adopting a more pragmatic and self-interested approach to regional relations.
It’s important, however, to first clarify that there is no evidence to suggest that the U.
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