19/12/2023

Research

Russia's Strategic interest in South America: Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia

Analysis by Researcher Edina Haiszky.

This analysis examines the multifaceted historical relationship between Russia and South America, tracing its evolution from the Cold War's ideological confrontations to a contemporary narrative of strategic partnerships and economic imperatives. The post-Cold War era saw Russia actively reevaluating its global role, with South America emerging as a crucial stage for diplomatic and economic rejuvenation. The study examines pivotal moments, such as the Cuban Revolution, shaping the geopolitical landscape. It scrutinizes Russia's deliberate cultivation of ties with nations like Brazil, Venezuela, and Bolivia, exploring the nuanced interplay of economic collaborations and strategic engagements. Specific emphasis is placed on the intricate relationships, such as the harmonious engagement with Brazil and the symbiotic alliance with Venezuela, encompassing economic, military, and diplomatic ties. The analysis also highlights Russia's strategic interest in Bolivia's lithium resources, unfolding within the broader context of global clean energy transitions. The success of these collaborations is contextualized within the challenges posed by internal strife, environmental concerns, and geopolitical intricacies. This analysis provides insights into the adaptability and durability of modern geopolitical collaborations, underscoring the need for strategic acumen to navigate the complexities of international relations.

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