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All this diplomacy in the world does not happen as quickly as it wants in fostering democracy. Their culture battles and centuries of history make impenetrable walls that need to come down for democracy to have an affect. Russia is a hard country with many retired battle worn patriots that maintain that hard line even to the young. I last visited Russia three years ago and those citizens I had an opportunity to speak with were cautious and fearful of their speak getting to the wrong people. However, they are optimistic that change is coming and the old hardliners have to go first, because the youthful movement is making changes in Russia. They just need to be cautious and it doesn't help that Putin rattles his sword at other nations in the world. When Putin does his bold moves, those old hardliners just beam with Russian pride of old Russia.
In Africa is where America is making progress in spreading democracy. Many countries still have dictators and they embezzle any money we provide as aid, but the citizens know what is going on and those dictators will not last long. South Africa has been the greatest achievement to where the pressure of American diplomacy has removed the old elements of racism and slavery. Now South Africa is gaining momentum in becoming a world business partner. Nigeria is coming around also. I have friend that has his business arrangements in Nigeria and Ghana. He is soliciting more partnerships with other African nations and he brings his NEW friends to church often when he has them over to the U.S. One I met last month was a General in the Army of Nigeria, who I thought was very pleasant. It is right that the U.S. State Department works with American businesses to promote exchange and relations with other nations. That is part of their Mission Statement and it aids in fostering democracy in the world.
Vietnam, a horrible war I was part of while younger, is now a nation continuing to change with democratic intentions. AS Vietnam or Southeast Asia is surrounded with other nations such as Cambodia and Thailand, they all see benefits in doing business with America. You can bet that the State Department is heavily engaged with promoting trade and fostering democracy in those nations of Southeast Asia. The recent TPP trade agreement, which I have a hard time supporting because of the first agreement arrangement did not handle the human trafficking issue as well as it should be is a U.S. State Department goal to foster trade with these countries and as it does promote democracy around the world.
Now we come to the middle east and all those century old cultures and beliefs that America has to deal with. America has its diplomats hard at work even in dangerous conflict situation (like Benghazi), who make America's presence felt as providing aid, assistance, formulating trade, and promoting democracy. It is far from conceiving any progress currently, but as our courageous diplomats work to improve a war torn nation they have to endure corruption, threats, conflicts and getting involved with internal disputes between citizen groups. Someday progress will be made because there are people that see what America is trying to do with their nation and they do support it. I met a young man from Yemen, who was staying as a student with one of my friends. He has since gone back to his country and I often think about him as he is dealing with severe issues in his nation. He definitely enjoyed his stay in America and saw a lot he wished was in Yemen.
Democracy takes time to evolve and break old barriers long in cultures and beliefs. It does have success and one day even Russia and China will benefit from Democracy.