Key to Guaido’s rise to prominence has been timing — and behind-the-scenes backing.
Washington, in any case, pulled out a hammer against Caracas.
An unpopular US president needs a foreign success story, and replacing the obdurate Maduro with a more compliant Guaido would ensure the flow of cheap oil northwards.
[Trump's] decision to officially recognize Juan Guaido ... made a big difference for the thousands of Venezuelans who descended into the streets on Wednesday.
Protectionism drives uncertainty, which discourages inherently elusive and reluctant investment.