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On the Iran-Venezuela Alliance

On the Iran-Venezuela AllianceThe National Interest just published a piece I wrote on the ailing Iran-Venezuela alliance. Both countries are reeling from economic mismanagement and geopolitical isolation:

Led by Undersecretary Stuart Levey, the U.S. Treasury has waged a global campaign to stop banks from laundering money for Iran’s nuclear program in recent years, and international sanctions are slowly crushing Iran’s economy.

Meanwhile, Venezuela and Iran’s spheres of influence are breaking down, and a few of their allies—Cuba and Syria—have already begun death rattles.

Yet the alliance does pose a threat to US security, and there’s no way to rule out a desperate last ditch kamikaze by the Iran-Venezuela tag team. Still:

Washington shouldn’t needlessly provoke that scenario—not when the current arrangement works to America’s advantage.

Read the complete article here.



Sean Goforth

Sean H. Goforth is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research focuses on Latin American political economy and international trade. Sean is the author of Axis of Unity: Venezuela, Iran & the Threat to America.