As we mentioned in class, diplomacy is still as important to world affairs today. Countries struggle to find the correct balance of diplomacy and war to solve global problems. The United States has adopted different strategies to deal with different countries. One strategy has been to not interact with nations that the United States disagrees with. One of those nations is Myanmar, or Burma, which is located in Southeast Asia.
Last year, Myanmar allowed for the first democratic elections in over 20 years, and a new civilian government has taken some more responsibility. Additionally, Ms. Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest, a sign of progress. In response to these changes, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently made a trip to the country to begin to re-establish diplomacy between the countries. Could this be the beginning of a new relationship between America and Myanmar? Will there be more reforms because of this?
1. When do you believe a country should stop diplomacy with another nation? Or, should countries always have a diplomatic connection, even when they don't get along?
2. Do you think sanctions like cutting off trade and diplomatic relations are an effective punishment for nations we don't agree with, or does it just make the situation worse?
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