POLS 368 Lecture Notes - Mao Zedong, Marshall Plan, X Article

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In the past two weeks, thousands have taken to the streets, including last night, despite a
curfew and state of emergency.
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However, it's bad news for the U.S.
The U.S. has tried to promote democracy in Egypt and has given more than $1 billion in
aid to Egypt (mostly military aid), while thinking highly of the future while Morsi became
president, as he offered moderate views and offered a ceasefire while cracking down on
Hamas and its tunnels.
It's rooted in Egypt, where it arose.
It's still compared to Jihadists, which is still a moderate force.
This might be good for more extremist groups in Africa.
In the past, Morsi referred to Obama as a liar, but later retracted by Morsi's office as
being "out of context.
This may or may not be dramatic, but also hasn't gone really far.
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Protesters in Egypt say that the new Egyptian president has usurped power.
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Kernel was in Egypt during "revolution."
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Will at least talk about Canadian mission and a lot more?
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There will be a question period…
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On February 7, 2013, we will hear from Michel Brisebois from the Canadian Forces in class?
Soviet Union, seeing weakness in the West following World War II, took advantage of power
vacuums.
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They took advantage of situations to expand their power.
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Realpolitik
Ambassador to Moscow.
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He was a scholar and wrote a number of things.
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Viewpoint: Contained in the "Long Telegram," which went to the State Department and
warned about a Soviet Union that would take advantage of any situation that it could.
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This would mean to a lot of American leaders and general public: opposition to the
Soviet Union and the spread of communism around the world.
Word "containment" would become the word used to describe American foreign policy for
several decades… right up until the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Soviets were trying to spread Marxism and Leninism.
Ideology, as they meant, was what was really at stake.
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It's called a "revisionist" view of the origins of the Cold War.
It began by some revisionists in history such as William Horowitz.
The wartime behaviour of the Soviets and post-war behaviour was largely defensive.
Some believed the United States was really to blame for the Cold War.
While the U.S. sought to create an understanding, they never actually attempted
to understand Russian influences.
Had Truman not assumed an offensive posture against the Soviets, things could have
been very different.
The argument of some, therefore, which would include some radicals, was that the U.S.
attempting to protect its own ideology and universalism actually provoked the Soviet
Union to take counteractions that would eventually allow the U.S. to point to as
"aggressive behaviour."
Fourth view: it's kind of a radical view.
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George F. Kennan
January 29, 2013
January-29-13
11:32 AM
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