Iranian-Venezuelan Relations and Impacts on the United States
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
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This thesis examines the current partnership between Iran and Venezuela, particularly as it relates to Irans involvement in Latin America and its impact on U.S. foreign policy. The thesis asks whether Iran is trying to strike out against the United States by forming a bloc with Venezuela, and, if so, whether it can succeed. Over the past five years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has expanded its influence in Latin America as part of the aggressive foreign policy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He especially seeks support for Irans nuclear program and a way to evade international isolation. Furthermore, Ahmadinejad intends to outflank Irans foremost opponent -- the United States -- in its own backyard with the help of the Venezuelan populist leader, Hugo Chavez, who also endorses strong anti-imperialist and anti-American rhetoric. With the assistance of President Chavez, Iran has found a bridge to infiltrate the region. The two countries have formed an anti-U.S. front known to the world as the axis of unity. Through this relationship, Iran has deepened its contacts with other leftist countries, including Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Cuba.
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History