Oil Conflict: Guyana vs Venezuela

Guyana is perhaps not a country that commonly comes to mind when discussing border disputes. While this land dispute (in which Venezuela claims close to 2/3 of Guyana’s entire country) goes back nearly a century, the recent discovery of oil off the coast of the disputed territory obviously raises the stakes. The ICJ has successfully resolved border disputes in South America before, though usually over fishing rather than drilling rights. Interesting to see how this plays out, especially given Venezuela’s current domestic and regional position.



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