Arif Rafiq

Arif Rafiq is the editor of Globely News. Rafiq has contributed commentary and analysis on global issues for publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New Republic, the New York Times, and POLITICO Magazine.

He has appeared on numerous broadcast outlets, including Al Jazeera English, the BBC World Service, CNN International, and National Public Radio.

The border dispute between neighboring oil producers Guyana and Venezuela could simmer this summer ahead of the July 28 Venezuelan presidential elections. Venezuela, according to an analysis of satellite imagery by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has engaged in a military buildup along the disputed border since early February — including the expansion of a base on the Anacoco Island. CSIS assesses that the military buildup is part of a signaling campaign by the Nicolás Maduro government that it “is prepared to use military force to take the Essequibo from Guyana.” The Essequibo region makes up two-thirds…

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