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Sunday, 8th April 2012

US and Iranian Strategic Competition: Peripheral Competition Involving Latin America and Africa

Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies

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US competition with Iran has become the equivalent of a game of three-dimensional chess, but a game where each side can modify at least some of the rules with each move. It is also a game that has been going on for some three decades.  It is clear that it is also a game that is unlikely to be ended by better dialog and mutual understanding, and that Iran’s version of "democracy" is unlikely to change the way it is played in the foreseeable future.

The Burke Chair at CSIS has prepared a detailed analysis of the history and character of this competition as part of a project supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation. This has led to an updated draft of [this report].

As newly imposed American and European sanctions begin to take hold on the Iranian economy, the government in Tehran seeks to mitigate their punitive effect by seeking partnerships with states on the geographic and strategic periphery of the US-Iran competition. In order to sidestep Western pressure, Iran pursues relationships with states in Latin America and Africa that are beyond the conventional geographic and political scope of US-Iranian competition.

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Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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