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Strangest Bedfellows

Ralph S. Clem

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/9780813035307.003.0007
Strangest Bedfellows

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This chapter focuses on the counterintuitive strategic alliance between Belarus and Venezuela. The inexorable erosion of human rights in Belarus has resulted in the country becoming a virtual pariah state. The Belarusian political and military leadership was quick to realize that much of this weaponry and military hardware could be sold in the global arms trade. Whereas Venezuela stands to gain from technology transfers and licensed manufacturing, Belarus in turn hopes to expand international markets for their manufacturing firms and, if the petroleum joint ventures succeed, recieve a significant infusion of cash as well. The chapter also discusses the scenario of regime legitimacy, economic cooperation, and military assistance, as a result of Belarus-Venezuela ties.

Keywords: strategic alliance; Belarus-Venezuela connection; military leadership; political leadership; economic cooperation; regime legitimacy; military assistance

Chapter.  3735 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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