Chávez Bides His Time: Why the March 2008 Threat of War in Latin America Quickly Subsided
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): William Ratliff
Series: Hoover Digest
Keywords: Latin America; Hugo Chávez; Venezuela
Coverage: Colombia Venezuela Ecuador
In March 2008, the threat of war flared up between Uribe's Colombia on one side and Correa's Ecuador and Chávez's Venezuela on the other. After a week of saber rattling and dire threats, the three presidents suddenly declared a truce March 7, and the Organization of American States (OAS) sent a commission to investigate the near clash. This is the story of what happened, what Venezuela was up to, and why the U.S. should care.