Islamist Threat in Latin America?

In reality, the potential Islamist threat in Latin America has been on the security radar of concerned states for decades, and these current trends and recent history have been covered in depth

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Foreign Influence and the Monroe Doctrine Today

With the introduction of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, influence from outside powers in Central and South America had been strategically limited to the United States. It is a doctrine that shaped the Cold War, and has served to deter international meddling in Central and South America. Recently, influence is growing from unexpected regions; notably, from…

Ahmadinejad Strengthens Ties with Latin America

Despite drastic differences culturally, religiously, and geographically, Venezuela’s Chavez and Iran’s Ahmadinejad seem to be united as enemies of a common enemy. Both countries are fond of railing against the "imperial Yankee," and a planned tour of leftist Latin Amarican states by Ahmadinejad is seen as a demonstration of solidarity against Western powers. Coming on…

Unlikely Bedfellows

Venezuela has been predominantly Catholic for roughly half a millennium since the Spanish conquest. Iran has been under Muslim control for nearly one and a half millennium. Venezuelans speak Spanish. Iranians speak Arabic languages. Yet recently, Hugo Chavez has been currying favor with the mullahs of Iran.Tehran is geographically located 7319 miles from Caracas as the…