020509 - PLCP 321 Politics Honors Program info session...

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02/05/09 PLCP 321 Politics Honors Program info session Thursday 2/10, 7 pm Pav VII, front parlor Current events o US is about to be kicked out of their military base in Kyrgyzstan Used an air base there since 2001 Did so with the permission of Kyrgyzstan and Putin, who wanted Russia and post-911 US to be good allies Supposed to be a temporary arrangement in order to kick the Taliban out of Afghanistan US went back on a lot of their deals with Russia since the Taliban fell and Russia was not happy Russian government offered $150 million in direct aid and $2 billion in credit to the Kyrgyzstan government (if they kick the US out) o Russian government wants to have a Monroe like doctrine in Central Asia Medvedev does not want American anti-ballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic Also don’t want NATO expansion, especially in Georgia and Ukraine Russia will cooperate with the US, if the US gives Russia something in return o Russian economy Fitch international agency downgraded Russian government’s credit agency to BBB status (whatever that means) Will suffer a budget deficit for the first time since Putin took office. GDP growth will decline 2-4%. Government is drastically cutting spending. No different than many other governments in the world Road to Revolution o Late imperial Russia was suffering from a classic crisis of political development The reforms the government started would deny many people joining the political system Country was increasingly polarized As time went on, the tsarist government had fewer bases of support in society and by 1917 they had very little support o WWI shattered the remaining capacity of the Russian state
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