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Primer on Sociopolitical and Military Developments in Venezuela

Out of prudent concern for our own national interests, Venezuela’s failing socioeconomic and political systems deserve very careful monitoring and analysis. Recognizing the potential for readers encountering a confusing surfeit of information on Venezuela—much of which is duplicative and in some cases duplicitous—the Army University Press has established this website to highlight selected published works that we regard as a good starting point for understanding current developments, trends, and events related to Venezuela and its neighbors. In some cases, we hope to illuminate alternative views largely unrepresented elsewhere. We do this in an effort to promote further research, analysis, and debate concerning how to best deal with the challenge of an emerging communist country in close proximity to the United States that is sliding into a Soviet-style dictatorship.

This compilation of works consists mainly of articles from Military Review, publications authored by the Combat Studies Institute, monographs from students at the Command and General Staff College, and selected works from other sources for which we have permission to reproduce.

The Army University Press invites readers to submit for publishing consideration articles to Military Review or longer works to the Combat Studies Institute on issues related to Venezuela. Guidelines for submission are on the Army University Press website at http://www.armyupress.army.mil/Publish-With-Us/.

   

Military Review - Venezuela | “Continuing the Conversation”


    Defining Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution”

    Defining Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution”

    By Harold A. Trinkunas, Ph.D.,

    FINDING A MOMENT in the history of U.S.Venezuelan relations when tensions between the two countries have been worse than at the present time is difficult. Some in the U.S. Government perceive President Hugo Chávez Frias as uncooperative regarding U.S. regional policies on counternarcotics, free trade, and support for democracy.

    Published in the Military Review, July-August 2005, edition p. 39

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    La crisis venezolana Lo que Estados Unidos y la región pueden hacer

    La crisis venezolana Lo que Estados Unidos y la región pueden hacer

    By Gustavo R. Coronel, Military Review, Tercer Trimestre 2017

    En el presente artículo, se describe cómo Venezuela se ha convertido en un Estado fallido y se analiza el posible rol que Estados Unidos y el resto de los países en la región pueden jugar en la restauración de la democracia y la estabilidad en el país.

    Publicado no Terceiro Trimestre de 2017 da Edição em Português de Military Review, p 43.

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    The Collapse of Venezuela and Its Impact on the Region

    The Collapse of Venezuela and Its Impact on the Region

    By Dr. R. Evan Ellis

    An expert on Latin American and Caribbean security issues provides an insightful discourse on the critical situation in Venezuela, its impact on neighboring countries and the United States, and actions those countries must be prepared to take in response to potential future Venezuelan scenarios.

    Published in the July-August 2017 Edition of Military Review, p 22.

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    The Venezuelan Crisis - What the United States and the Region Can Do

    The Venezuelan Crisis

    What the United States and the Region Can Do

    By Gustavo R. Coronel

    The author describes how Venezuela ended up as a failed state and provides an analysis of the potential role the United States and the rest of the countries in the region can play in restoring democracy and stability to the country.

    Published in the March-April 2017 Edition of Military Review, p 17.

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    The Collapse of Venezuela and Its Impact on the Region

    Criminal Networks in Venezuela:

    Their Impact on Hemispheric Security

    By Prof. Leopoldo E. Colmenares G.

    A noted Venezuelan educator and author demonstrates how the Chavista political process allowed the formation of a partnership between the Venezuelan government and illicit transnational organizations.

    Published in the January/February 2016 Edition of Military Review, p 53.

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    Redes criminales en Venezuela Impacto en la seguridad hemisférica

    Redes criminales en Venezuela Impacto en la seguridad hemisférica

    By Prof. Leopoldo E. Colmenares G.

    Pocos años después de la llegada al poder en Venezuela de Hugo Chávez Frías en 1999, tanto el ambiente de seguridad y la estabilidad de la región hemisférica se han visto tanto amenazados como comprometidos, derivado del desarrollo de un plan político-estratégico del líder de la denominada “revolución bolivariana”.

    Publicado no Noviembre-Diciembre 2015 da Edição em Português de Military Review, p 11.

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    Iran and Venezuela: The <q>Axis of Annoyance</q>

    Iran and Venezuela:

    The Axis of Annoyance

    By Commander Kavon "Hak" Hakimzadeh, U.S. Navy

    Iran and Venezuela are a cause for concern for U.S. security policy makers. They have indeed earned the moniker “the axis of annoyance.”

    Published in the May/June 2009 Edition of Military Review, p 78.

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    A Dragon in the Andes?

    A Dragon in the Andes?

    China, Venezuela, and U.S. Energy Security

    By Daniel P. Erikson

    ... rifts may create opportunities for China’s state-owned oil companies to play a more sweeping role in the region’s energy sector. U.S. policymakers need to be vigilant and proactive. The long-term outlook for U.S. energy security will be improved if they can fashion a compelling response to the new dynamic created by China’s growing economic power and Latin America’s resurgent nationalism.

    Published in theJuly-August 2006 Edition of Military Review, p 83.

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