Summarize events between the U.S. And at least one of the Countries you wrote about in first paper since the end of the Cold War
Since the end of the Cold War, the relationship between U.S. And the former Soviet Union (Russia) has changed dramatically. What happened was that there was a shift in the philosophy and strategy within the government of Russia. This is because it became clear during the 1980's; that the current system needed to somehow be restructured. As a result, Gorbachev implemented a series of different reforms to improve the communist system. During this process, is when these changes became unstoppable, which lead to the downfall of the Soviet Union. At which point, Russia began to implement a series of different transformations in an effort to embrace Western principals including: democracy and capitalism. However, in the process of doing this, Russia began to lose tremendous amounts of power on the world stage. At the same time, their economy went through a series of different starts and stops during that time. This is when the President of Russia (Boris Yeltsin), tried to implement dramatic changes that would build upon the same kind of foundations as Western nations. The problem was that this created large oligarchies, which controlled vast amounts of Russia's infrastructure and resources. (Lundstead, 2010, pp. 184 -- 215)
During the early 2000's a shift occurred, with Yeltsin handing power over to Vladimir Putin. His objectives were to: restore order and address many the abuses that were occurring under the current system. At which point, he went after a number of the big oligarchies and he began to have the state take control over various industries. While at the same time, he was embracing certain elements of: capitalism and Western democracy. This meant that a transformation occurred, with the government having greater levels of control and there was a reduction in personal freedoms. Yet, Russia continued to maintain key elements that would help to support the long-term growth and development of various natural resources. This has allowed the country to experience unprecedented amounts of economic prosperity. (Lundstead, 2010, pp. 184 -- 215)
Identify and describe the current relationship between the U.S. And one of the countries you wrote about in the first paper.
The current relationship that the U.S. has with Russia has been going through a period of starts and stops. What has been happening is that the ties between the two countries improved dramatically after the downfall of the Soviet Union. Where, they were providing them with assistance in a number of different areas to include: how to restructure the economy, the political system, nuclear proliferation and improved military cooperation. This occurred, during the 1990's under Boris Yeltsin. (Graham, 2008, pp. 2 -- 12)
However, once Putin became President a shift took place, as he began to roll back what was happening within these spheres of cooperation. This meant that many of the areas that the two countries were working on changed. Where, Russia no longer wanted the assistance of the United States. Instead, they wanted to implement their own reforms that were a combination of the Western and Soviet systems. This meant that many of personal freedoms that were enjoyed during the 1990's were largely curtailed. As, the government began to exercise tremendous amounts of control over the press and what groups were allowed to engage in various forms of civil discourse. At the same time, they began to embrace principals that were a combination of: capitalist and socialist policies. While their military leaders, became more adversarial against the U.S. And their role in the world. These different elements are important, because they are showing how the relationship between the two nations changed from that of mutual cooperation to one that has become strained on a host of issues. (Graham, 2008, pp. 2 -- 12)
Select a country that you did not write about in the first paper, and describe the current U.S. diplomatic approach to the country
The current relationship with China has been continually changing. What happened was after the 1949 Communist Revolution, the U.S. did not recognize mainland China as the legitimate government of the nation. Instead, they supported and acknowledged Taiwan as…