“US, Russia and China Rivalries in Latin America”, IGSDA Lecture in Honduras Defense University

Since declaring its independence, the US had been concentrating on its neighboring continent Latin America, paying the efforts to guarantee a southern strategic depth. The US succeeded to establish a largely unchallenged geopolitical, economic, and social influence in Latin America.

Same existence and influence of the US have increased in the Middle East and Asia and Pacific, where the regional economic and security dynamics of these regions were relatively stable, and US was the sole and dominant external power, the issue that panicked PRC and Russia.

Today, a combination of the upheavals, revolutions, and civil wars in the region, U.S. war fatigue and the return of major power competition have dramatically transformed the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Russia and China have emerged to fill the vacuum left by diminished US engagement in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Each with different interests, these two foreign actors exploit a growing, widespread disillusionment towards the US coupled with endemic corruption, violence, and erosion of the rule of law marks the conditions under which the extra-regional actors are engaging several countries in the world. The two actors (Russia and China) have made significant gains and suffered important setbacks as they move aggressively to position themselves as alternatives to traditional US hegemony in different regions. However, their efforts are a new constant in the Western Hemisphere, as the US increasingly pursues an agenda that is sharply divorced from the once-shared interests of the majority of the region’s governments.

Currently, these three superpowers (US, Russia and China) strongly try to contribute to the formulation of the international resolution for the world shaping a big rivalry that led to new economic and security dynamics.

This may foresee more instability in the several places all over the world including Latin America; the reason is the current lack of management of influence occurred as a result of the increasing and complicated rivalry between the three major powers using unbalanced powers.

This is the introduction of MajGen. Sayed Ghoneim (Chairman, IGSDA) lecture titled “Rivalries Between USA, Russia And China In Latin America In New Economic And Security Dynamics” to the students of Defense University of Honduras in its premises in the capital Tegucigalpa on 9th of November 2019.

The main outlines of the lecture are:

– Introduction;
– Major powers’ strategies (The US, Russia and China);
– Rivalries Between the US, Russia and China in new economic and security dynamics;
– Final remarks and future perspective;

“Institute for Global Security & Defense Affairs – IGSDA” is very pleased to participate in such activity with Defense University of Honduras.