In the latest episode of AEI’s podcast, Banter, AEI Fellow Roger Noriega sits down to talk about the events currently unfolding in Venezuela. With Chavez desperately ill with cancer, the current regime and political opposition brace for a Venezuela after Chavez. We discuss the current balance of power in the country, how the regime will try to consolidate power, and the forecast for the upcoming October elections. Mr. Noriega also discusses the important relationship between Venezuela and China. What level of influence do the Chinese have in the country? How strongly will they back the regime? Lastly, we discuss what the U.S. is doing, what the U.S. is not doing, and the U.S. should be doing.