1st Edition

Latin American Revolutionaries and the Arab World From the Suez Canal to the Arab Spring

By Federico Vélez Copyright 2016

    Recounting recent encounters between Latin American and Arab countries this unique volume explores how, despite both geographical and cultural distances, Latin American revolutionaries constructed an image of the Arab World as one sharing their own political views and interests. From the nationalization of the Suez Canal to Latin American perspectives on the Arab Spring Federico Vélez offers a fascinating historical and contemporary analysis on the behaviour of actors on the periphery of the international system. Contributing to debates regarding ideological and political autonomy the book provides a comprehensive historical account of relations between the countries of Latin America and the Middle East alongside new analysis on the ways marginalized states can sometimes build unlikely alliances in their attempts to challenge structures of power.

    List of Figures, Preface, Acknowledgments, Introduction, 1 Gamal Abdel Nasser in Latin America, 2 The Cuban Revolution and Egypt: Defining the Limits of the Third World Alliance, 3 Algeria and Cuba: The Sister Revolutions, 4 Algeria and Cuba: Partners in Revolution, 5 Cuba–Nicaragua and the Palestinian Movements 1968–1989 , 6 “My Heart Beats with Millions of Arab Hearts”: Venezuela and the Arab World, Epilogue, Bibliography , Index


    Federico Vélez is an Assistant Professor at Zayed University, UAE. He is the founding director of the Master's in Diplomacy and International Affairs at Zayed University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

    ’This book is insightful and suggestive. It reveals a fascinating history of the relationships and links between Arab and Latin American revolutionary movements which has not been written about before. Offering a detailed account of international events and political figures it is not only for those interested in Arab and Latin American politics but also for readers interested in international relations.’ Gema Martín-Muñoz, Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain ’This is a fascinating book that accurately articulates the untold story and connections between Latin-American and the Arab anti-colonial revolutions for more than sixty years. It offers an invaluable academic research that delineates Arab-Latin American relations propelled by their common cause and struggle in opposing what they both considered as social, economic and political injustices brought about by the dominant neoliberal world system. The book offers a fresh account of South-South relations and their revolutionary struggle against the dominant world system. It offers a valuable contribution to the study of revolutions, South-South cooperation and Arab-Latin American relations.’ Abdullah Baabood, Qatar University, Qatar