Extrahemispheric Inflouences in Latin America

For decades, the United States has been the strongest external influence in Latin America, helping to shape the region’s economic ties, trade relations, and military cooperation. In recent years, however, outside forces have increased their influences in Latin America. China, Iran, and extremist organizations’ growing power in the region compels the United States to examine its relationship and strategies in what was once considered “America’s Backyard.” An examination of outside forces in Latin America is necessary to ensuring political and economic security in the hemisphere.

In this colloquium, “Extra Hemispheric Influences in Latin America,” panelists discussed these growing influences in the region and their implications on hemispheric security, economy, and politics. The panel, which took place at the George Washington University School of Business, began with welcome remarks by Dr. James Ferrer, Director of the School’s Center for Latin American Issues. After a brief introduction by Dr. Doug Lovelace, Professor and Director of the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, Dr. Cynthia Watson provided an outline of China’s power in Latin America and a description of its interests and goals for the region. Doug Farah then began his discussion on Iran’s influence in Latin America. Mr. Antonio de la Cruz wrapped up the panel by addressing the Venezuelan perspective on outside influences in the hemisphere.


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(This page was last revised on March 8, 2013)