ON-Lion Letter
Earlier this year, American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) vice president Ilan Berman visited Santiago and Iquique in Chile, La Paz and Santa Cruz in Bolivia, and Buenos Aires in Argentina to investigate the growing role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Western Hemisphere.

Iran's objectives in Latin America, according to a Berman report on the fact-finding mission, are to:  lessen its deepening international isolation; acquire uranium ore, the critical raw material needed to fuel its atomic effort; allow it to operate in an increasingly inhospitable global financial system; and create a latent operational capability to be directed against the U.S. homeland.

Understanding these motivations is essential to assessing the significance of Latin America in Iran's strategic calculus, he believes, and to determining whether or not its efforts there are in fact succeeding.

Berman's mid-February testimony about Iran's activity and influence in Latin America to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs is available online.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AFPC, which is based in Washington, D.C.
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