STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

The Unlikely Friends: Iranian–Latin American Relations and Washington’s Anxiety

Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Syncretic Studies, Belgrade, Serbia.
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  • March 2018
    Volume: 
    42
    Issue: 
    2
    Articles

    Although Iran and the Latin American states appear to be unlikely allies when considering the vast distances and the religious, cultural and demographic differences between these regions, their shared experience of Washington’s hegemonistic designs have brought them closer. Washington’s failure to isolate Tehran has meant that the Islamic Republic, and Hezbollah, have prioritised relationship-building with states that are at the doorstep of the US. Although this has antagonised the US, Washington has only offered a weak reaction to the economic and geopolitical advances made by Iran. Why Tehran has targeted Latin America will be analysed and explored in the article.

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