This course will be based on the book called “Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era: The Threat to the U.S Security” (Washington DC, POTOMAC Books Inc, 2013). It will focus on how the Chavez-led Bolivarian revolution affects the stability of the region and how it could affect U.S security and become, in the future, a challenge to U.S policy makers. Contrary to what some people say, the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in March 2013 will not promote major changes in the future. In fact, Chavez’ legacy is leaving behind a very serious challenge for regional and U.S policy makers.
The deterioration of democracy and the rise of authoritarian-revolutionary regimes and the expansion of the revolution in the area.
The alliance of the Bolivarian regimes with rogue states such as Iran and Syria, the drug cartels and guerilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Hezbollah.
Consequences of the Bolivarian Revolution, its actions and alliances on regional stability and U.S security.
U.S and regional reaction to these events. The role of China and Russia in the region. What needs to be done? The need to reevaluate U.S policy in the region, the importance of Brazil, the importance of reinforcing democracy and the rule of law as a security mechanism.