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Imposing the International Bolivarian Project

María Teresa Romero

in Venezuela's Petro-Diplomacy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035307
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035307.003.0005
Imposing the International Bolivarian Project

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This chapter explores the strategic actions implemented by President Hugo Chávez on both domestic and foreign fronts in imposing the international Bolivarian Project. It also discusses the Bolivarian government's main foreign policy initiatives to advance its domestic and international objectives. Chávez's foreign policy goals are defined according to geographic zone and are based on political affinity with sympathetic governments with expansionism and interventionism being the two prominent characteristics of Bolivarian diplomacy and foreign policy. This chapter also recounts Chávez's commitment to Venezuela to the strengthening of revolutionary governments and alternative movements around the world, through a strategy of “people's diplomacy.” The chapter describes how the Chávez government has reactivated thousands of militia and reservists and created a national police force to protect against alleged aggressions from the United States, Colombia, and others. The chapter also mentions the importance of the increase in military spending.

Keywords: Bolivarian project; foreign policy; military spending; Bolivarian diplomacy; people's diplomacy; political affinity; expansionism; interventionism

Chapter.  3120 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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