Join us for our monthly current events discussion group, facilitated by Mark Albertson.
This month we will focus on the present situation in Venezuela and discuss how it presents both hemispheric and global strategic dilemmas. Venezuela is of overriding significance to Washington, D.C. both because it has massive crude reserves and oil is still typically priced in dollars.
Nicolás Maduro has used a number of different tactics in an effort to stay in power. Maduro has courted Moscow to help with this and, in December, 2018, a pair of TU-160 bombers landed in Caracas. Additionally, China has broadened its reach into Central and South America. We will discuss if these events resurrect the Monroe Doctrine.
About the Presenter
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.