Axis of Unity: Venezuela, Iran & the Threat to America

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2012 - History - 234 pages
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Two of the most prominent trends in world affairs over the past decade the projection of American power abroad and high energy prices have made for some strange bedfellows. Flush with oil revenues, autocratic governments in Venezuela, Iran, and Russia have tried to counter U.S. influence not only in Latin America but around the world.In "Axis of Unity," Sean Goforth explores the motives and contributions of each nation to the partnership. Venezuela and Iran 's self-declared axis of unity in 2007 forms the alliance 's base. Caracas and Tehran support each other 's attempt at regional domination through a series of illicit ties. Russia provides the alliance 's superstructure, shielding Iran from Western ire and selling billions of dollars worth of sophisticated arms to Caracas and Tehran.The regional repercussions of this alliance, Goforth asserts, are far-reaching. Venezuela and Iran utilize various forces the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Quds Force to attack regional competitors, chiefly Colombia and Israel. The key to dismantling the threat, Goforth demonstrates, is a flexible foreign policy. America should take a bold stand against Russia in Eastern Europe, where leaders seek strong U.S. backing, and adopt a long-term plan for reducing the influence of Venezuela and Iran in Latin America and the Middle East. "Axis of Unity" will be of great value to readers interested in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, security studies, and the geopolitics of rising powers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
A Sphere of Influence by Other Means
2The Hugo Sphere
3Poisonous Fruit
4Iran Infiltrates the Americas
5A VIRUS of Instability
6Russias Geostrategic Conundrum
7A VIRUS Spawns
9Cracks in the Facade
10Inoculation
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
2
Selected Bibliography
7
Index
40
About the Author
45

8Going Out with China

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Sean Goforth teaches world politics and international political economy at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. He blogs for the Foreign Policy Association and is a regular contributor to "World Politics Review". His articles have been published in the online editions of the "New York Times" and the "London Telegraph" and have been cited by the Congressional Research Service. Goforth is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He lives in Calabash, North Carolina.

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