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Accession Number ADA574224
Title Iranian-Venezuelan Relations and Impacts on the United States.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 91p
Personal Author M. S. Gundogan
Abstract This thesis examines the current partnership between Iran and Venezuela, particularly as it relates to Iran's 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 Iran's nuclear program and a way to evade international isolation. Furthermore, Ahmadinejad intends to outflank Iran's 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.
Keywords Balance of power
Foreign policy
International relations
Iran-venezuela relations
Iranian-venezuelan relations
Political revolution
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92E - International Relations
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Dept. of National Security Affairs.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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