US-Russian Relations

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Page 2 Since the middle of the nineteenth century, compromises such as the United States purchasing Alaska from the Russians in 1867 to the settlements the United States created in California, illustrated the beginning of an alliance, between the United States and Russia. In essence the support for each other came naturally based on the interests they shared during the nineteenth century. Most importantly, the basis of expansion in their respective continents became this priority. Whether it was the United States expanding and settling all the way to San Francisco based on her policy of “Manifest Destiny”, or Russia’s railroad that tied the entire Russian nation together from Saint Petersburg to Vladivostok. (Vershbow,2003:1) Both nations were becoming extremely powerful and ambitious as noted by Alexander De Tocqueville book, “Democracy in America”. Yet these humble beginnings in foreign policy between the United States and Russia have come a long way since the middle nineteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century the two countries meet in Manchuria. (Vershbow,2003:1) Ultimately, this event portrayed the result of expansion and it became the first of many meetings to ensue between the United States and Russia on a less friendly scale. Suddenly, as Russia was overthrown by Lenin and subsequently became a communist state in 1917, animosity and suspicion become the prominent tones for each nations ideological fears of its former friend. As World War two started and Hitler became a threat to the wellbeing of the European Continent, the United States and the Soviet Union once again found a similarity, this time in their desire to defeat Hitler and Nazism. (Vershbow,2003:1) Although World War two reveals the alliance between the Soviet Union and the United
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Page 3 States, the war became the origin of the Cold War. A war which lasted for nearly three centuries until the reunification of Germany and eventual acceptance into NATO. (Hook,2007: 200,201) Throughout the Cold War key issues such as nuclear weapons, government/economic ideologies, and territorial expansion were among the key global concerns that were disputed in the bipolar community of the Soviet Union and the United States. Yet, now as Russia has been transformed into a democratic nation and the United States has become the sole superpower in the world, the question remains are US-Russian relations on the right track? Some individuals state that the U.S-Russian relations are on the proper course through their common nuclear proliferation, “war on terrorism”, and regional concerns.(Jones,2004:195) While others argue that Russia’s domestic politics collide with its foreign policies that ultimately affect the basis of the United States Foreign Policy.(Mendelson,2004:203) Personally, I believe that this issue does not have a
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course POLYSCI 100 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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