Winning the Peace: US Political and Economic Aid to Russia
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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The implosion of the former Soviet Union in 1991 signaled the end of the Cold War. Having spent trillions of dollars to win. that war, the United States now has the opportunity to win the peace as well. If we as a nation move quickly to support the new Russian Revolution, we can reap the benefits of a democratic, economically sound ally in global stability and progress. These benefits include security from the threat of nuclear war, a partner in preventing nuclear proliferation and a potentially vast new market for global trade. We have the resources to lead the world community to these ends. We must also provide the leadership. In We need to respond forcefully to one of the greatest security challenges of our time to help the people of the former Soviet bloc demilitarize their societies and build free political and economic institutions. We have a chance to engage the Russian people in the West for the first time in their history. The economic, political and social problems in Russia are both enormous and extremely complex. If US assistance is to be effective, it must be applied with careful consideration for the Russian social fabric as well as the exigencies of the situation. In that context, there are four major and immediate concerns for the US in supporting the Russian government and its people the economy, nuclear proliferation, democracy building and the environment. These issues, with the exception of nuclear proliferation which applies only to four of the former Soviet states are common to all the states of the former Soviet Union. But as the successor state to the former Soviet government and a major nuclear power, it is Russia that certainly should be, not the totality, but the focus of western aid and assistance. Success in Russia will provide the model and stimulus for the remaining states of the former Soviet Union.
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