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Case Study: Iran in Latin America

If cultural intelligence involves understanding enemy behavior, it is critical to determine the nature of the enemy. In recent years, the U.S. has had to adapt to an increasingly complex network of hostile actors. Latin America’s evolving relationship with Iran has been  of questionable suspicion. Iran has continually in the past decade made efforts to reach out to the nations of the Latin American community. The continued strong international sanctions has made Iran seek political support and leverage against the U.S. The Latin American community has had strong connections with Iran since the formulation of OPEC in the 1960’s. These relations have continued to prosper under the administrations of President’s Ahmadinejad and Chavez, as well as the countries association with the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM.) The U.S. should be concerned of these strengthening ties, as the real purpose of these relationships are not clear. What is clear is the distaste of the U.S. in the Latin American region since 9/11 and Iran’s support for anti-imperialism directed at the country. As Ahmadinejad has declared, “When the Western countries were trying to isolate Iran, we went to the U.S. backyard.”

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