America’s Future Involvement In Foreign Affairs
Since the United States is one of the last remaining super powers of the world, we have to obligation to maintain and support good relations with the smaller and weaker nations throughout the world. We should take full advantage of this authority in several different ways. First the U.S. must focus on investing and trading with those nations who have yet top become economic powers; second, we must implement a consistent foreign policy towards the Middle Eastern nations; third, the United States needs to respect the attempts and results of the democratization and religious revivals in the Middle Eats and Latin America, while taking a passive role in letting the Western type of democracy take its coarse; and fourth, the U.S. must ease and downplay its conflict with those civilizations who dislike the “Western People” and their way of life.
Obviously, foreign investment is necessary for the future of developing other nations as well as our own. There must be an emphasis on foreign investment and trade, otherwise the third world nations will continue to fall behind economically, technologically, and domestically, which could lead to an economic downfall for the U.S. as well. The question then arises as to what the United States must do in order to have large trade agreements with other countries other than Japan and Mexico. In order for the US to play a more active role in the economic and political development of many of these developing nations, it must first accept a different philosophy than its current one. First, it is imperative for the United States to play a similar role in Latin America to the one Japan has played with many of the developing nations in East Asia,. The U.S. neighbors in Latin America, and if it wants to play the role of big brother, it must accept the responsibility. Japan has invested , traded, and been a guide for many of its neighboring countries in East Asia, making them grow politically and economically while also profiting economically itself (Japan Remains 1996). The US must realize that5 the economies of Latin American Nations will play an important part in the future of our own economy, and that it must begin to lead, invest, and aid not just Mexico, but countries such as Bolivia, and Columbia into the twenty first century. The mainstay in American foreign policy has always been to promote and instill democracy. However, in order to do this in a foreign nation, the US must be able to first establish a viable economic relationship and system within the desired nations. We should not expect or want a nation to switch from a total authorization government to a market economy; doing so would be a disaster. The former Soviet Union is a notable example of this philosophy. Instead, the US has to be willing to allow developing to nations invest in the US market before we invest in theirs. In return, a viable export/import system will be established. But it is essential that the economy of the developing nation be monitored and run by its own government, and the United States should only be there for advising purposes. When a reasonable system has finally been achieved, then--not right away- a more American, laissez-faire type of economic network will be allowed to grow.