Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf


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Download Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia Read Ú Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia Omplicity of US policy in a great human trage. I should point out that I m no expert in Soviet or Russian studies Instead I m simply a reader interested in international affairs As a long time subscriber to the Nation magazine I know Cohen as one of those rarest of birds a scholarly observer of Soviet Russian affairs with no particular ideological axe to grind Conseuently I trust his experience to provide a reasonably accurate examination of post communist Russia particularly vis vis the US Of course American scholarship has long been tainted by its own brand of anti communist political correctness Thus I count Cohen s contributions as a particularly valuable resourceHis general thesis here is pretty straightforward US policy botched post Soviet Russia by trying to remake the economy abruptly in America s free market image This was attempted through a series of shock treatments intended to convert the formerly statist economy to a capitalist one Basically the policy failed because it took no account of Russia s realities either historical economic or sociological In short it was a crash program blindly imposed the conseuences of which are still sorting out Yeltsin and a coterie of advisors such as Anatoly Chubais stand as principal culprits in the debacle Naturally Cohen follows the course of events in detail many of which are reprinted from Nation articles of the 1990 s along with later observations from year 2000 Thus Part II the book s backbone is not so much an historical narrative as it is a chronology of his observations on developments as they occurred along with the later update Just how satisfying the reader finds this format is up to the readerMy edition is the Updated one however none of the contents appear dated any later than year 2000 Thus readers looking for contemporary commentary should probably look elsewhere Nonetheless Cohen s observations remain I believe as valid now as they were then and perhaps tell us as much about our own foreign policy establishment as they do about Russia s so called transition period

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Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia

Download Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia Read Ú Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia Ing the breakup of the Soviet Union and the c. Stephen Cohen examines the effects of the US premature and overly optimistic drive to promote free market policies in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union I concur and conjured up an image in my mind of American mangers handing out copies at cost of The One Minute Manager and Who MOved My Cheese to Russian scientists telling them to change He considers this one of the US main foreign policy failures of the 90 s These policies he argues have set Russa back to an almost feudal condition comparable to the worse experiences prior to the 1917 Revolution Somehow when I meet so many talented Russian scientists engineers intellectuals of all sorts I notice that mopst have had to abandon the their careers becasue of lack of investmnet and opportunities Now many talented people have to become salesmen or business men programmers and take up jobs that have little use for their talents In this sense I whleheartedly agree with Prof Cohen Cohen lived in Russia and perhaps due to his efforts to understand the Communist moderste Bukharin argues that a progressive rollback of the state economy along with democratizing reforms would have provided Russians a better alternative than a cold jump into the market as Sachs advocated Cohen describes the corrupt Yeltsin years and the Americans who failed to understand Russian developments in the 1990s Cohen fears that a change in policy is necessary in order to prevent Russia from becoming a threatIt seems that the september 11 attacks and the overwhelming Russian support of the US will provide that opportunity

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Download Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia Read Ú Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia Reveals what really happened in Russia follow. Mr Cohen in his sharp and insightful book argues that American overenthusiastic attitude in the 1990 s actually weakened Russian camp of liberal reformers Russian reforms stalled and the danger of nuclear proliferation increased because of American policy of the unconditional support of Boris Yelstin s regime Crusade failed However for me the uestion is was it a Crusade To my point of view Mr Cohen spends too much time citing himself instead of analyzing the realities of the US policy vis vis Russia in the 90 s And these realities were created by people and mostly by three powerful American policy makers M Albright J Helms and B Clinton Lets do a uick reality checkPowerful Secretary of State in the 90 s Madeline Albright was the most likely crusader out of three Straightforward and hawkish she was suspicious of any regime that didn t have a hallmark of American market democracy However her crusade was siphoned out luckily for Russia to the Balkans That was partially because of her personal attachments to the region Escaping Nazis as a daughter of the Jewish refugees from Czechoslovakia Madeline Korbel for some time found home in Belgrade capital of SerbiaJesse Helms was a chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a sponsor of legislation that tightened the American embargo against Cuba and withheld US dues to the United Nations Mr Cohen didn t even mention him in the book but Mr Helms was one of the most prominent figures in American foreign policy in the 90 s Actually Ms Albright was not only Mr Helms personal friend and a soul mate but also pretty much his prot g e for the Secretary of State position as she was a Clinton s choice A man of integrity Mr Helms however was a conservative Cold War warrior who didn t trust anybody besides probably North Carolina farmers let along Russia Isolationist who kept blocking dispatching of the American troops he was an unlikely supporter of any crusadeBill Clinton despite his friendship with Tsar Boris and few good laughs together didn t trust Russia either Educated in Georgetown University he used to be fascinated by the lectures of the late professor Carroll uigley Irish Catholic from Boston and a genius Mr uigley was very suspicious of Anglo American Establishment but every bit as much conservative His main idea about Russia unfortunately erroneous one was that Russia is a separate and alien civilization Russian Orthodox Civilization He borrowed but modified the ideas of Arnold J Toynbee who thought that Russia was just a branch of the Western Christian CivilizationIronically with new Bush administration in the office Christian tradition may have found a new role to play in the relationship between two countries Most ethnic Russians are Christians and that may be one single fact that brings Russia closer to the White House However lets not forget the sad lessons of the history Sacking of the Christian Constantinople by the Forth Crusade and the fellow Christians in 1204 arguably contributed to the eventual demise of the Christian Byzantium and conuest of the Byzantine Empire by the Muslim Ottoman Turks Started out as a grand enterprise with a moral dimension the medieval crusade ran out of steam and ended up being pure conuest and looting To tell you the truth I am awfully glad that the 1990 s Russia Crusade has failed if ever happened May be we finally learned something from the sad story called history


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    Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf Stephen F Cohen ´ 7 Summary Download Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia I am reading Cohen for the first time and am delighted to learn that his original thesis on the economic woes of Post 1989 Russia i

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    Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf Mr Cohen in his sharp and insightful book argues that American overenthusiastic attitude in the 1990's actually weakened Russian camp of liberal reformers Russian reforms stalled and the danger of nuclear proliferation increased because of American policy of the unconditional support of Boris Yelstin's regime Crusade failed However for me the uestion is was it a Crusade To my point of view Mr Cohen spends too much time citing hi

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    Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf Stephen Cohen examines the effects of the US' premature and overly optimistic drive to promote free market policies in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union I concur and conjured up an image in my mind of American mangers handing out copies at cost of 'The One Minute Manager' and 'Who MOved My Cheese' to Russian scientists telling them to change He considers this one of the US main foreign policy failures of the 90's These p

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    Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf Stephen F Cohen ´ 7 Summary Download Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia Stephen Cohen's Failed Crusade 2000 is a vigorous critiue of the United States policy towards Russia in the 1990's In Cohen's view the ostensible aim of that policy was to turn Russia into a free market economy overnight termed shoc

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    Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf Download Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia A book with a poor analysys It's an history essay but is written like a pamphlet I don't recommend this for a person interested in Soviet studies the hypothesis of this book is interesting but you can find it developped in a better way in other books

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    Download Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf Stephen F Cohen ´ 7 Summary I should point out that I'm no expert in Soviet or Russian studies Instead I'm simply a reader interested in international affairs As a long time subscriber to the Nation magazine I know Cohen as one of those rarest of birds a scholarly observer of Soviet Russian affairs with no particular ideological axe to grind Conseuently I t

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    Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf Part I of the book is pure gem every word is true about Russia about the American crusaders about what's wrong and who is to blame a

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    Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post–Communist Russia – pdf Cogent arguments backed up by statistics This book is a must read for anyone who really wants to understand America's foreign policy relationship with Russia

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