Responding to Hugo Chavez
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavezs strong anti-U.S. sentiment and continued claims of U.S. imperialism have blocked U.S. progress in that area of the world. Capitalizing on wealth garnered from oil exports, Chavez affects regional security and stability by his support of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces FARC, increased economic relations with China, sustained military relations with Russia, and an ever-strengthening relationship with Iran. Following the Department of State model of not dealing with Chavez directly, this paper focuses on ways in which the U.S. Southern Command can accomplish its regional goals, as outlined in its current Theater Campaign Plan TCP, which Chavez continues to hinder. The paper concludes that strengthening U.S. partnerships in the South American region through peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, traditional maritime exercises, and counter-drug operations as well as continued U.S. involvement in programs like Plan Colombia will show that the United States is a committed and long-term regional ally. These actions will not only disprove Chavezs anti-U.S. message but also marginalize his regional influence.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare