Venezuela’s rich flow of oil revenues has enabled Chavez to buy the support of sectors of Venezuelan society and assert himself as the leader of what he calls a “jihad” against American imperialism. Chavez’s sense of moral justice is manifest in his alliance with the worst criminal organizations in Latin America, especially the narcoterrorists in Colombia.
–US News and World Report, 2005
Consequently, threats to American interests in the Western Hemisphere have direct and immediate impacts on the vital security and economic interests of the United States. Such threats can range from those internal to the region notably the Castro-Chavez axis and democratic institutions faltering under their assault to external threats such as the rising influence of the Communist Chinese government in the region and the continued spread of radical Islam.
By contrast, the presence of mutually beneficial and peaceful relations as well as healthy democratic institutions throughout the Western Hemisphere serve to protect American interests. The work of the Center’s Hemispheric Security project in this area advocates for these relations and institutions.
|Dr. Constantine Menges|
The Menges Hemispheric Security Project is named in honor of Dr. Constantine C. Menges who before his untimely death in 2004 was the foremost expert on the formulation of strategies aimed at countering communist political warfare and aggression through proxies, and encouraging transitions to democracy abroad.