Accession Number : ADA401608


Title :   Venezuela's Changing Foreign Policy Towards the United States: A Holistic Analysis


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Turner, Matthew D


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a401608.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2001


Pagination or Media Count : 123


Abstract : This thesis analyzes the changing relationship between the United States and Venezuela since 1980. In the last five years this relationship has become increasingly strained. The thesis takes a holistic approach and looks at international, domestic, and individual levels of analysis to determine the causal factors in Venezuela's shifting foreign policy. The findings suggest that the new international environment and Venezuela's petroleum reserves create the ability for Venezuela to slow integration with the United States. Domestic factors explain this approach as an attempt to protect different interest groups. At the individual level, President Chavez is a headline grabber but is not a significant source of bilateral tensions. The findings indicate that the new international environment and Venezuelan political and economic culture are the important variables in explaining Venezuela's relationship with the United States.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , UNITED STATES , ENVIRONMENTS , THESES , INTEGRATION , SHIFTING , TENSION , DOMESTIC , VENEZUELA , PETROLEUM PRODUCTS , RESERVES(ENERGY)


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE