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dc.contributor.advisorLooney, Robert E.
dc.contributor.authorGundogan, Mehmet S.
dc.dateDec-12
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-15T23:13:38Z
dc.date.available2013-02-15T23:13:38Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/27837
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the recent IranianVenezuelan partnership, especially as it relates to Irans involvement in Latin America and its impact on U.S. foreign policy. Thus, this study analyzes Irans behavior vis--vis the U.S. and Latin America and asks whether Iran IS trying to strike a balance against the U.S. by forming a bloc with Venezuelaand, 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 Ahmadinejad. He especially seeks support for Irans nuclear program and a way to evade international isolation. Furthermore, Ahmadinejad aims to outflank Irans foremost opponentthe United Statesin its own backyard with the help of the Venezuelan populist leader, Hugo Chvez, who also endorses strong anti-imperialist and anti-American rhetoric. With the assistance of President Chvez, 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 such as Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Cuba.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.titleIranian-Venezuelan relations and impacts on the United Statesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderTrinkunas, Harold A.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorIran-Venezuelaen_US
dc.subject.authorIranian-Venezuelan Cooperationen_US
dc.subject.authorAxis of Unityen_US
dc.subject.authorIran in Latin Americaen_US
dc.subject.authorIran in the Western Hemisphereen_US
dc.subject.authorHugo Chvez and Ahmadinejaden_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, Turkish Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts In Security Studies (Western Hemisphere)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Western Hemisphere)en_US


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