Iran Challenges the United States in its Backyard, in Latin America

By Ely Karmon* January 2010

This is a shorter and updated version of the article “Iran and its proxy Hezbollah – Strategic Penetration to Latin America,” Elcano Royal Institute Working Paper, Madrid, 18/2009 – 8/4/2009. and in Stephan Grigat/ Simone Dinah Hartmann (Hg.), Iran im Weltsystem Bündnisse des Regimes und und Perspektiven der Freiheitsbewegung (StudienVerlag, 2010, in German), pp. 57-71. “Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must love the tropics,” commented ironically The Miami Herald.1 He has spent more time in Latin America than President Bush. Since his inauguration in 2005, Iran’s foreign policy focus has shifted from Africa to Latin America in order to, as Ahmadinejad puts it, “counter lasso” the U.S.2

 

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