Ignore or Gore: Should the U.S. get involved in Crimea or not? In the past several years, there have been many occurrences of conflict between different nations, about their nationality and being stripped of their own birth place. The United States has a tendency to associate themselves in the center of these foreign affairs. The United States, in order to maintain good economic relations and their super power status, feels the need to always get involved and provide support for the country they believe is receiving unjust treatment. Recently, Vladmir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, took over the formerly Russian region of Crimea. The Crimean people voted in a referendum to separate from Ukraine and for Russia to annex
The US’s global influence and power place a broad range of intervention tools at its disposal. Even though tensions between Russia and Ukraine are lower than they were a couple of years ago, the impact of the US is visible. First, in the form of economic and political sanctions against Russia (Daiss, 2016). These penalties have proved costly to Russia and in some way have deterred further Russian aggression.
Not just holding the line if the Soviets lashed out, but really putting some pressure on the Kremlin for them to see the issues in their internal affairs and to improve their foreign policy. Just the US performing at its best has a large influence on the Soviets. The US succeeding politically and economically in their capitalist society pokes holes in the what the Soviets have been drilling into their communist societies for years. The US taking on some responsibility here could only be beneficial for both
“We shall pay the price, bear any burden, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” (John F Kennedy) Before the Cold War, Russia and the United States fought next to each other in World War II. The U.S even gave them millions of dollars worth of weapons and other support to help defeat the Nazis. But when Joseph Stalin took over, created the Soviet Union and started spreading communism the U.S had to do something about it. During the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union were pitted against each other, each with hopes on spreading their own but very different governments and requirements, taking extreme measures like containment, the Truman Doctrine, Berlin Blockade, or the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Cold War was a state of political and military conflict that tested the vigor and fortitude of a multitude of United States presidents. Throughout the Cold War, various different strategies and foreign policies were tried and tested by US presidents. However, the environment in which these policies operated in
lags behind Russia in the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). With the United States and Russian tensions rising, Mr. Donald Trump’s efforts to appease and even form a bond with Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, is entirely understandable. Mr. Trump has said of Mr. Putin that, “He’s been a leader...far more than our President has been a leader” in reference to President Obama. President Obama was asked what he thought about Mr. Putin and said, “You know, I don’t want to psychoanalyze Mr. Putin. I will say that he has a foot very much in the Soviet past. That’s how he came of age. He ran the KGB. [Ed. note: Although Putin was an agent at the KGB, he was not the head of the agency. He did lead the FSB, which succeeded the KGB after the fall of the Soviet Union.] Those were his formative experiences. So I think he looks at problems through this Cold War lens, and, as a consequence, I think he’s missed some opportunities for Russia to diversify its economy, to strengthen its relationship with its neighbors, to represent something different than the old Soviet-style aggression.” Obama also comparing Putin to a "bored kid in the back of a classroom" which, as expected, infuriated Putin. In response to this, Putin compared “Russia to a bear” and said that “the West would always try to put it in chains and ... take out its teeth and claws, which in this case means our strategic nuclear deterrent." Putin also said that,
For decades, the United States and Russia, formerly The Soviet Union, have held tensions with each other over different political stances and military actions and intelligence. Starting from the late years of World War II - when the Soviet Union had aggressively spread communism throughout Eastern Europe - up to a couple years ago when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine out of nowhere; their relationship has been a rollercoaster of a ride for these two countries. Even though the United States and Russia are no longer in a Cold War, there has been and continues to be tension between the two countries as exemplified by many events of conflict including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Russian military’s current presence in Syria.
n ambassador Dennis Ross’ lecture on the challenges of the US in the Middle East, Ross stressed the challenges that the Trump presidency will faced with. The Trump presidency like many administrations in the past is involved with a crisis or major war. However, this presidency has been lucky enough
“revoke their [Russia’s] favorable tariff rates, which would increase the taxes Russian firms have to pay to sell their goods in the United States, or impose quotas so that those companies can only sell a certain amount of their goods here. We [US] could also implement a trade embargo. That embargo would cover certain goods, certain state-run organizations, or be a blanket policy that would prohibit U.S. individuals and companies from doing any business with Russia. We [US] could also prevent Russians from accessing U.S. financial markets, denying them a liquid source of funds.”
Russia is the largest threat facing the United States . The threat from Russia specifically comes from not only their supply of nuclear weapons and their advanced military, but their “intent” behind the use of their military power. The state’s recent aggression against surrounding countries shows the attempt to reclaim international influence . Their “behavior”’ in “Crimea, Georgia, and Ukraine,” has prompted the global community to rethink security in Europe.  Russian nationalism, and a desire to recoup their prestige from the cold war is an invitation for confrontation .
For the latter part of the 21st century, The United States was entangled in a battle of ideologies that almost brought the World to its first nuclear war. The United States and Russia have had unstable relations for greater part of the twentieth century and still remains present, to a degree, today. The Cold War is commonly classified as the time period following World War II in 1947 to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, in which the United States and the Soviet Union were involved in a battle of ideologies as to how states should be structured in the era after World War II. What many people do not realize is that the Soviet Union had the fullest of intentions to remain allies with the United States, as did the United States, in the
During the Cold War we saw the SALT agreement, this is much different than the limitation of WMD’s on Iraq (Pillar, 2014). There is no doubt that there are similarities between Russia now and the Soviet Union including a build up of military power. This means that there is something new coming or perhaps we are in the midst of this new era. The Cold War had its roots in communism and democracy and the spread of those ideals across the world to achieve national security to their respective countries. The new paralleled conflict is being rooted in religious claims and democracy, very different from the Cold
Jessica Taylor of NPR talks about how Donald Trump 's praise towards the Russian President Vladimir Putin is creating controversy once again after his interview on Thursday to state-funded Russian Television. It is pretty obvious to the everyday American that the U.S. lags behind Russia in the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and that as America 's global influence diminishes, a potential nuclear war with Russia could have earth-shattering effects. With these rising tensions and a nuclear war threatening on the horizon, one would imagine a President to work to relieve the possible threat. No President since Ronald Reagan has made efforts to work, or possibly find an ally within Russia. Over the past 8 years, President Obama has made no efforts to relieve this fear, and repair the fracture between the United States and Russia that has been intensifying since the beginning of the Cold War.
The Way Ahead for American and Iranian Relations: Engaging in a Cold War Over the past 37 years, Iran has become one of the most complex and stubborn national security strategy issues that the United States has had to deal with. Once a key U.S. ally in the region, Iran is now a chief protagonist. To complicate matters, recently, the U.S. has found itself simultaneously an adversary and a quasi-ally of Iran. An example of this duality would be: on one hand, Iran has provided support to terrorist organizations, like Al-Qaeda, that have attacked the U.S. and its allies. On the other hand, the U.S. has found itself on the same side of the fight with Iran against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Now and in the future the U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) will have to consist of a combination of diplomatic, economic, and military action, while also partnering with regional and international partners, if the U.S. expects to contain Iran’s disruptive influence and ensure compliance with the brokered nuclear agreement.
Vladimir Putin’s actions incite economic, military, and political tension within the NATO alliance and set the world stage for Russia to enter the New Cold War. Firstly, Putin’s dwindling respect for the United States of America and Europe - the West - causes him to seek an alternative market for Russia’s economy. Additionally, Putin increases Russia’s military activity inciting tension within NATO and Eurasian countries along its borders. Lastly, Vladimir provocatively drives a “political wedge” between his interests and that of the Western World. If Vladimir Putin continues to incite economic, military and political tension, Russia will be on the glide path headed for a new Cold War.