Diplomatic relations between Venezuela and Colombia has been threatened in the
“No two leaders in Latin America mistrust each other more than leftist
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and conservative Colombian President Alvaro
Uribe” (Brodzinsky, & Llana, 2009, p6, 1p).
There have been many allegations that
Venezuela “supports Colombia’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia, FARC” (Wilpert, 2009, p3-3, 1p).
Despite repeated denials by Chavez,
Venezuelan officials have assisted commanders of Colombia’s FARC, “helping them
arrange weapons deals in Venezuela, even providing identity cards to easily travel across
borders” (Romero, 2009).
Perhaps even more troublesome for Hugo Chavez and the
Venezuelan democracy is that Colombia has recently opened its borders for the United
States to use their military bases.
“The relationship between the Andean presidents,
always tense, has been in a down-spiral since Colombia announced a plan in July to grant
US troops expanded access to its bases” (Brodzinsky, & Llana, 2009, p6, 1p).
predicated on the idea that states are concerned with national interests and that power
guides their policy decisions.
This kind of thinking is exactly what is occurring between
the two states; they are in the early stages of conflict, leading to inevitable war. “Chavez
says the agreement could set the stage for a U.S. invasion of oil-rich Venezuela, a claim
that Washington and Bogota dismiss.
He calls Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ‘a
traitor’ to the region for signing the deal” (Boadle, & Wilson, 2009).
especially Venezuela are characterized by the Realist paradigm as being preoccupied
with their own well being, hesitant but not afraid to engage in conflict.
Both states have
entered into the realm of “power politics, an arena of rivalry, conflict and war between