Venezuela and the United States Term Paper by GJC209

Venezuela and the United States
This paper discusses the anti-American attitude of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez toward the United States and suggests alternatives for resolving this problem.
# 103342 | 4,205 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper explains that corruption and dissatisfaction with the Venezuela democratic government brought Hugo Chavez to power. The author underscores that, because of Chavez's hostility towards the United States and the dependency of the U.S. on Venezuelan oil, an alternative to the current state of affairs between the US and Venezuela must be developed. The paper explores several possible alternatives to the current state of affairs between Venezuela and the United States, all carry differing costs and benefits the United States. These include using an oil embargo against Venezuela, which would severely affect the popularity of Chavez's government by cutting the funding for several of his popular social programs, developing anti-Chavez, pro-U.S. sentiment in the region of Latin America in an effort to use multilateral cooperation to control Chavez and his foreign policy agendam, and ignoring Chavez's anti-U.S. rhetoric and developing bilateral relations dealing with several issues of mutual concern. The paper concludes that the best alternative is using multilateral support to control Chavez, which has both the greatest benefit and the lowest cost and could help U.S. and Latin American relations in the future.

Table of Contents:
Development of Alternative Approaches
Cost Benefit Analysis of Alternatives
Recommendation and Justification
Executive Summary

From the Paper:

"Costs to developing this alternative are relatively few and would only significantly affect American policy in the Latin American region with relatively little impact on domestic issues. While the turbulent history of U.S.-Latin American relations have led to a large amount of hostility and suspicion on the part of Latin American governments towards any American involvement in the region, such a low opinion of the United States must change in order to develop the regional support necessary to control Chavez."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Coppedge, Micheal. Venezuela. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001 (accessed June 13, 2007).
  • Lapper, Richard. Living with Hugo. United States of America: Council of Foreign Relations, 2006 (accessed June 13, 2007).
  • Patten, Christopher. Venezuela: Hugo Chavez's Revolution. United States of America: International Crisis Group, 2007 (accessed June 13, 2007).
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  • Shifter, Michael. Hugo Chavez A Test for U.S. Policy. United States of America: Inter-American Dialogue, 2007 (accessed June 13, 2007).

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