Russia's Transformation and U.S. response
In the coming days, you will have an opportunity to consider three options for U.S. policy toward Russia. Each of the options that you will explore is based on a distinct set of values and beliefs. Each takes a different perspective on how the United States should deal with Russia. You should think of the options as a tool designed to help you understand contrasting U.S. strategies toward Russia. After you have considered these three options, you will be asked to create an original option that reflects your own beliefs and opinions about U.S. policy. You may borrow heavily from one option, combine ideas from several options, or take a new approach altogether. You will need to weigh the risks and trade-offs of whatever you decide.
Russia has shown partnership with the US during vulnerable times which shows they are ready to partner to fight against terrorism. Even partnering with Russia to fight terrorism is a good start to an alliance because this will create trust between Russia and the United States. After 9/11, Russia showed its willingness to combat terrorism with the US. Russia has shared valuable intelligence information with the US, provided military support in Afghanistan, and even allowed US planes to be based in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Russia also allows the US to ship supplies through Russia to US military forces in Afghanistan. By siding with Russia to fight terrorism then they are more likely to side with us in other international disputes.
The United States does not need Russia's support in international disputes. Russia already has territorial disputes on its hands including Crimea and A 60 year dispute with japan over a chain of islands in the pacific. Making Russia a partner would hurt the U.S. more than it would help. The best option is to leave Russia alone.
Okay, but who says they would listen? Russia is known for their controlling officials; they likely don't want to hear anything the US has to advise them on. We once cooperated more with Russia, but where did that get us? We are back where we started, with no progress towards Russia accepting our programs or doing anything to allow more freedom within their own people or other countries. Plus, say the missile facility dispute is solved. We have much bigger problems. What about Russia's military? Their nuclear program?
Partnering with Russia with the idea that they will leave us alone about our missile program is far-fetched, and, even if achieved, is not a big enough reward when partnering with Russia means allowing other countries to see that we condone their behavior.
Russia is back to being an authoritarian state. Do we as Americans really want to be a partner with a government that doesn't respect human rights or even value a democracy? People are being judged and being made a outcast just because they think differently than others. Example being discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Russia has a well-educated workforce and a large market for local businesses. In larger cities, a growing middle class has held a foothold in Russian society. In 2012, Russia became a member of the WTO which analysts believe will add to Russia's GDP and increase employment. Therefore, we need to be partners with Russia because of their economic positive trends.
Russia still has the grave lack of contract law!! A prosperous Russia means a prosperous Putin, how can we expect these sort of things from a country that rules under an authoritarian? This also ignores that there are other countries have strong ties with Russia and these countries like China would receive the benefit, not the the enemies like the US.
Russia's size and location gives it access and power in most of the northern hemisphere. If the United States makes Russia their partner then the U.S. will be able to help Russia be a positive influence to their neighbors. Also, this will benefit the countries we are peaceful with because Russia would not harm our allies. Therefore, becoming partners with Russia will not only protect the U.S. , but also protect our allies in the northern hemisphere as well.
By partnering with Russia, we set an awful example. Russia has done nothing but control their own people and other countries, and they have done everything they can to work against US interests in the international arena. One of the tipping points that caused Russia to take over Georgia was when they expressed a democratic interest and wanted to join NATO. Georgia wanted to be more like the US, and Russia invaded them for it. Obviously they do not appreciate our values or interests, so a partnership with them would not benefit us at all. Instead, supporting Russia and their authoritarian government would reward them for their behavior thus far and set an awful example to other countries that we tolerate and support behavior like Russia's.
Considering how powerful Russia is in the international community, it makes no sense why we would not partner with Russia. The tension that the US currently has with Russia stems from the Cold War and NATO, which were both based off of Russia's practice of communism. Russia is no longer a communist state, and with the US's support, we have the potential to encourage democracy within Russia. Russia has a stable economy and abundant natural resources that would be beneficial in trade. No one is saying that the US and Russia must agree on every issue, but there are many issues that the US and Russia could come together on such as controlling the spread of nuclear weapons, environmental protection, and combating drug trafficking and terrorism.
Partnering with Russia would not encourage a democracy within Russia. Their hatred for the United States runs so deep that anything that even slightly resembles our form of government would never be implemented in their government. While they do not claim to be a communist state, their authoritarian regime can be compared to communism. They do not extend their rights to all of their citizens and do not allow citizens to speak their mind on government issues. They use violence and secrecy to complete their agenda and do not consider the well being of their population.
"with the US's support, we have the potential to encourage democracy within Russia."
The potential to encourage democracy within Russia is a very unattainable and invalid point to make. Russia already claims to be a "democracy" in response to their people's and other countries pressure. They clearly did not follow up on that promise because their government is everything BUT a democracy, and they hate democracy. Russia's President Putin has changed the term limit and circumstances, so he is basically able to always be in a position of power. He has also gained complete control over the media, and he uses secrecy and violence to control people and businesses; AKA the opposite of a real democracy. There is no competition nor media freedom. In addition, Russia invaded Georgia once they showed signs of wanting to become a successful democracy with their democracy-minded President Mikhail and desire to be in NATO. Russia has no desire or respect for a true democracy and its principles. Therefore, they go against everything we stand for and encourage which makes a partnership quite difficult. They would absolutely not convert to democracy because of a partnership with the US.
The United States should make Russia a partner. If we make them a partner and treat them as a full partner it could encourage democracy on international issues.
Russia and United States are the two most powerful countries in the world. If we do partner with them than we can battle terrorism and drug trafficking. Russia is extremely powerful and is a very important country in international politics.
If the U.S. wants Russia to be more democratic or more economically stable or have better trading with them, we need to first open our arms and make Russia a partner. Even though the U.S. and Russia don't have similar governments and Russia isn't very democratic, the U.S. has worked with other countries that aren't democratic at all. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have a strong economic relationship and Saudi Arabia is even one of the U.S.'s largest trading partners in the Middle East. However, Saudi Arabia is the 7th most authoritarian regime out of the ones rated. So, the U.S. can work well with governments that don't value democracy.
Russia is a huge figure in the world and an important ally to have. While we have not always been allies, we have worked with them in the past to combat issues like terrorism. Additionally, we have even allied with them in peaceful situations, such as cooperating on scientific and biomedical research. Russia also has a lot of power, such as in its energy. Russia provides 25% of Europe’s energy, so it is a really important country in the economy. Instead of antagonizing them, we should work together with Russia to develop an alliance.
Making Russia one of our partners would not be a good idea considering our past. Russia and the US have tried to make amends but something usually ends up happening to create tensions again. For example, Russia cooperated with the US when it came to 9/11 and they helped by giving good information but then in 2003 the relationship was strained again when the US led an invasion in Iraq, which Russia did not want at all. Russia always has difference of opinions with the US and we always end up in controversy.
In the example you gave, it was OUR fault, not Russia's. Neither of our countries are perfect. Just as they have interfered in our elections, we have interfered in many other countries' elections to get the results that we want, too. It is estimated that we interfered in over 80 countries' elections before 2000, and that number has surely gone up since then. It is true that we do not see eye-to-eye with Russia, but as the global leader that we are, we should work to ally with them. They have changed in the past. Just look at how much they have evolved since the Cold War, our last big conflict with them. We should work towards a better relationship with them.
The United States should work to grasp Russia as an ally in the international community. US citizens and Russians may not agree on every single issue, but both countries could make it a goal to advance in global peace and prosperity.We really want to build a safer world and there is no reason as to why we should be unable to make an attempt and start moving.
The United States must recognize that Russia has a positive role to play in international affairs and should encourage cooperation with Russia to ensure a peaceful and unified world. Although Russia's government is more authoritarian than the United States would like, it is scarcely the enemy that the United States faced during the Cold War. Despite the setbacks and disappointments after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has made substantial progress. Their economy is on a solid foundation. For example, its oil and gas resources give it great potential and power. As of 2017, 30% of the European Union's petroleum import and 39% of their total gas comes from Russia. A prosperous Russia will be a huge market for U.S. trade and investment, and will spur economic growth in the United States and around the world.
The United States should work to establish Russia as an equal participant in the international community. As a democracy, the United States should do what it can to encourage democracy, the rule of law, and a free market in Russia- making it a stable, peaceful country. The United States should push the Russian government to nurture important aspects of democracy, including free press and free and fair elections. Treating Russia as a full partner will go a long way in trying to encourage this. The United States and Russia may not agree on every issue, but they can work together to promote global peace and prosperity. Russia's participation is essential for many issues such as: controlling the spread of nuclear weapons in Iran by halting Iran's nuclear program, protecting the environment (because by the 1990s, 40% of Russia's territory began demonstrating symptoms of significant ecological stress due to deforestation, energy irresponsibility, pollution, and nuclear waste), and combating potential terrorism (the Russian government has been involved in many counter-terrorism operations abroad and if they got along with the U.S., they would be able to provide aid to Afghan refugees leaving Afghanistan if counter-terrorism operations against the Taliban created a humanitarian disaster).
If we work closely with Russia and help them become more stable and peaceful then we could cooperate with them against terrorism like we've done before. When 9/11 happened, Russia came into help by offering intelligence information on infrastructure, location, and training of international terrorists when we were prepared to attack Al Qaeda later on.
FACTS!!! Did y'all forget about the Cold War? Russia is a threat to everyone. They do not respect our country's principles, and they do not allow for the spreading of democracy to their neighboring countries. Russia's main goal: power over others. They mass produce nuclear weapons, and their constant mindset is to control others, hence their invasion of Georgia, Ukraine, etc. This is clearly a dangerous combination. Russia is a threat, and we can not partner with them or allow their dominating behavior.
Agreed. Russia is a large country with both strong military and nuclear power. Keep in mind, during the Cold War, the US was specifically the potential target of their nuclear weapons, and it was extremely threatening/frightening. Now, Russia's nuclear and military power is an extreme and immediate threat to their neighbors. The US must use their power and influence to intervene and protect these countries from Russia.
Russia is gradually becoming an authoritarian state with Putin in power. Putin has changed the Presidential term limit, controlled the country when he was only Prime Minister, and obtained control over media. Just like we have before against the Soviet Union, we must speak out against the abuses of power in Russia.
We have no right to walk into Russia and tell them how to run their government. The Russian people support their president, Putin, more than most Americans support trump. Just because our governments are different doesn't mean that one is superior to the other. What works or doesn't work for Russia is RUSSIA'S CONCERN. NOT OURS.
Russia is gaining too much power that they will continue to abuse. Russia is rebuilding an empire. They have defeated and now dominate Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and other former Soviet Countries that showed signs of incorporating more democracy and "Western" attributes. We need to support and help these countries break away from the domination of Russia.
First off, we could support these countries by refusing to cooperate with Russia, which prevents the approval of their behavior by our country or others. In addition, we could support any anti-Russian campaigns in their country. For instance, in Ukraine in 2004 during the Orange Revolution, we supported the Western Anti-Russian campaign. We could do this for the countries that suffer from Russia's attack to show our support.
Russia does not display the ideals and beliefs that protect basic human rights, therefore making any kind of agreement with them would be a slap in the face to our own ideals in the United States such as freedom of speech. They do not protect or respect the opinions of people within their country that are different or question the legitimacy of the United States. They persecute gays and homosexuals and constantly use them as a scapegoat. The Russian government is also known to kill journalists and members of the press that report on topics that do not support the government's agenda.
There's been plenty of times when the US has not displayed the ideals and beliefs that protect basic human rights. Remember when we enslaved a large portion of our population and had half of the country in strong belief that it wasn't a problem? We are not innocent in many situations. The fact that Russia censors their speech is a problem, but becoming allies with them can help them work towards becoming more democratic. It takes a partnership to work with them and help to create better circumstances for the Russian people.
With this logic, we must break ties with every nation who violates human rights, which some can argue INCLUDES OUR OWN NATION. We would have to cut ties with Saudi Arabia who's government commits atrocious crimes against humanity and human rights ex women's rights. The list of the US's unfavorable allies is long and bitter. Russia is not nearly the only nation who violates these human rights which we claim to uphold.
By keeping our nose out of Russia's affairs, the United States will avoid becoming a target of blame and anger among Russians. Also, allowing other countries to take the lead in addressing Russia's problems will enable the United States to reduce the costs of conducting its foreign policy. Efforts to remake Russia in the image of the United States in the early 1990s were an expensive failure. The United States should devote its limited resources to fixing the U.S. economy.
The US economy has had a slow growth in 2.0% so we are fine in that area, but if we don't keep Russia in check then who will? Russia has already shown signs of aggression with near by countries like Georgia just because a pro western president was elected. The US is the only country that can actually rival Russia, and that enforces human rights.
The fact is that the United States has not kept their nose out of Russian affairs. By continuing to expand NATO, especially to previously Soviet states, we are basically trying to continue to show our power to Russia. Our biggest involvement in Russian affairs is when we chose to support Ukraine. If you think we should keep our nose out of Russian affairs, then we need to stop inviting new members to NATO, withdraw our support for Ukraine, and have NATO withdraw their support for Ukraine.
Actually, Russia and the United States can work together because we already have in the past. When Barack Obama became president, he backed away from pushing further NATO expansion because it caused major tensions with Russia and affected our ability to come to agreements about other issues. Obama and Russian president Medvedev made new diplomatic efforts that lead to increased cooperation and security issues. They agreed to reduce each country's strategic nuclear warheads and cooperated more in response to Iran's nuclear program. There was even discussion about creating a Russian-U.S. missile defense system for Europe as well as increased communication between NATO and the Russian military.
The US cannot appear weak or lose their position as global leader because despite our action or inaction with Russia, the fact still stands that we have the strongest military and our nation spends more money than any other nation in the world on our military. Appearances and false narratives mean nothing if you are backed by facts.
Although our nations disagree on fundamental beliefs of government, the United States has no authority to govern other nations. The tensions with Russia are strictly American-born. After WW2 the red scare and irrational fear of communism overtaking our nation has set the precedent for how we treat communist nations which compete with the US globally. Rather than viewing Russia as our enemy or competitor, we should lead by example and STAY OUT OF RUSSIA. Further US intervention will only prove their government's false narrative about the US that we are corrupt, violent, and want to disrupt their way of life and destroy their country.
Russia is no longer a communist nation. Their government structure has changed since the Cold War, and they have even gotten an entirely new Constitution since then. They are a competitor, but they have also been an ally in the past several times. Why distance ourselves from them and let them believe we are the enemy when we could make amends and work with such a powerful and influential country? There is no better way to show that we are not corrupt or evil than by becoming allies with them.
Additionally, could you explain what you mean by "lead by example and stay out of Russia" ?
We cannot ignore the fact that Russia is supplying Iran with weapons that will threaten our allies. Allowing Russia to violate Georgia's borders and attacking the country just because of the president that was elected, should not be something that us the USA cannot ignore the fact that Russia is basically punishing another country for the fact of a pro western president and that they support countries that don't really care of human rights.
Russia is controlled by a dominating and manipulative authoritarian government that controls their own people and attempts to control other countries. Russia has put other countries they disagree with at a disadvantage before by using their oil resources against them. Russia has made oil unavailable or priced especially high to certain countries before; they obviously abuse their power given to them by their much needed oil. Russia is one of the world's largest energy producers, and they clearly use this to their advantage. We can not simply ignore Russia when so many are dependent upon them.
I agree that Russia is a manipulative authoritarian government that cannot be completely ignored. If we leave Russia to their own devices, their mistreatment of their own people and manipulative foreign policy will only continue. Their vast natural resources are a necessity to many European nations so Russia could easily use this as leverage to get their own political agenda passed. They cannot be trusted to make honest deals and treaties.
examples of Putin trying to de-legitimize our government are the wild and false propaganda via social medias planted by Russian bots/intelligence in order to play on our social cleavages such as race or nationality. For example Russians linked a police shooting completely unrelated to BLM and stated that BLM supported the shootings of white police officers, AND PEOPLE BELIEVED IT. They are using social media and fake news to cause unrest. If we simply leave them alone they have no reason to do this. rather if we were their allies, they would stop these cyber attacks and we could facilitate a partnership which roots for the prosperity of each others nations
If we were to turn our backs on the conflicts with Russia, it would make the United States look like a weak force in the world. We are a global leader, and it is part of our job to make sure Russia is not a destructive enemy. It is too important and powerful of a country for us to ignore, and we cannot lose our position as a leader in the world.
America should stay out of Russian affairs because Russia has shown that they are neither on our side or against us. Russia has shown readiness to do business with the United States' or the states foes and rivals. Russia's intention is not to hurt us, but to do whatever it takes to benefit their own country. For example, NATO was created by America and the other allies to block soviet aggression. in 2004 NATO expanded its memberships to the former soviet countries of Poland and Czech Republic. NATO also invited the Baltic Countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Although the Baltic countries are a serious point of contention between the U.S. and Russia, once Obama backed away from pushing further NATO expansion, the Russians were reasonable and this lead to an increase in cooperation like a Russian-U.S. missile defense system. All this being said, Russia is willing to work with anyone who benefits their country, they are not trying to harm us in any way so the best thing to do would be to leave Russia alone and stay out of their affairs because this may end up angering them .
If we do not help out and decide to stay out, we would be making the decision to turn our backs on them. The United States could potentially lose their position of global leadership.It is also too late for the United States to stay out of Russian Affairs because we are already involved with them.
If we stay out of Russian affairs this will only give them time to build their military and restore its empire. We are already in Russian affairs and we are fighting terrorism and violent extremism. We also have shared interests in nuclear security and nonproliferation. So we are already in Russian affairs and many of them are for the better. So why not continue to be a partner with them?
The U.S. should pull out of Russian affairs because in the past, being involved with Russia has only caused more tensions between us. Russia and the U.S. are on two completely different sides of the fence concerning their beliefs and type of governments. Because of this, many of the things that America has done has angered Russia like the U.S. led NATO military action in Kosovo against Serbia. The best thing to do at this point would be to stay out of their affairs because it is not America's responsibility to solve their problems or make their decisions for them.
Ever since the souring of US-Russian relations due to various issues, Russia has painted us violent and corrupt in their propaganda. These tensions started in the Balkan region that is prone to conflict and a former part of the USSR. It also serves as a deep point of pride for the Russian leadership. At the point we are at, the conflict in the Balkans is increasingly unimportant to the security of NATO and the countries under it. The countries that are part of it are there to stay and our safety is secure, what does it serve to propagate the Russian idea that we are violent and dangerous? Moreover, what if Russia were in to influence our nearby neighbors and allies? Russia in Canada or Mexico? Our response would more than likely be just as aggravated as the Russian reaction to us. This, along with various other points, is why we need to stay out of Russian affairs, the situation is no longer benefiting us.
The U.S. needs to leave Russia's affairs alone. let Putin handle everything else. The U.S. has helped Russia enough especially after the fall of the soviet union and what do we get in return, a country that once had a some what democratic views is now taking steps towards authoritarian rule. Not only that but they have even went as far as taking barbaric actions and taking over the country of Georgia ,just because they wanted to be apart of the NATO. Russia can handle its own problems, we have done enough for that side of the. The last thing we want to do is provoke Putin by furthering are the recruitment of members from Russia's near abroad into NATO. Imagine if Russia started interfering in relations between Canada and the United States. That would provoke the U.S. also. The best solution is to leave Russia alone completely. They just cant be trusted 🤷
Along with our foreign gains diminishing when we meddle in Russian affairs, our domestic issues are also in need of attention. The Balkan conflict costs resources and even lives in our peace cores. These sorts of resources can be used for domestic issues such as global warming and poverty, sorts of things that can help the world in different ways. Further intervention of Russian affairs would lead to even more U.S costs that could be better spend on our debt or other issues. Lets stay out of it.
The United States should stop investing its resources into Russian affairs because its efforts have gone nowhere since the fall of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 there were a flowering of democracies all over the world. This began the color revolutions in which the U.S. managed with minimal help from the European Union. The only thing that happened to Russia was economic dislocation. Russia is destabilizing democracies everywhere by meddling with social media. Today Putin's main goal is to promote his authoritarian rule as superior to a democratic state such as the United States.
The United States should stop trying to solve foreign problems and focus more on its economy. The United States could not even support Ukraine after the annexation of Crimea due to Incirlik, Aviano, and Ramstein no longer being reliable bases to engage Russian military forces. The U.S. and NATO forces cannot fight Russian forces without exposing themselves to risks and Russia cannot launch an invasion into Europe without being destroyed.