Group №3: International  Relations – interrelation expressed by Medvedev and Obama

Hi,  Stanford students!

Nice to be able to  introduce ourselves and to start our collaboration on the course” Intercultural Communication for leadership” with you!

We enjoy learning  first-hand strategies for international collaboration and communication.   We believe that these practical skills will benefit  us as  future  collaborators  and global leaders.

All members of our group are young energetic people, 3d year students, interested  in  a variety of  issues.  Anna and Lera are interested in the activities of international organizations, Stepan and Irina are fond of participating in different debates on political topics, Philipp enjoys serfing the Internet, trying to find something new about intenational politics. We would like to discuss this topic  of international relations through our Presidents’ interrelation to recent events, because this is a good chance to  have more readings and reflections in order to understand things better.

We have read the article “Togetherness of Lybia” and a few other articles on the topic and would like to comment on some of the issues, as well as to hear your opinion on them.

The situation in Libya is a very complex one.  And it is interpreted in a variety of ways by our media. Some newspapers call it a revolution and the UN  actions as an armed intervention  in the political affairs of an independant   state,  other sources  refer  to using military force in Lybia as an attempt   to help the opposition struggling against  Qaddafi.  We think it is extremely  important to think critically  and to  examine different sources of information critically.

As you know, there was UN Security Council’s Conference on Libya, organized by the Western powers in London, where Resolution 1973 on using the military force,  was passed.  Some countries, including Russia,  did not use their veto to ban this resolution.  Until recently, Russia was a fierce opponent to any “foreign interference” in the affairs of a sovereign state and regularly used its veto in the Security Council. This time it let the resolution pass. But  Russia  did not join the military actions either.  President Medvedev said, it was the only possible way  for Russia to go, because, on the one hand, Russia doesn;t approve Qaddafi’s military actions against civilians, but on the other hand, Russia can’t afford to join the coalition. There occured a disagreement between Medvedev and Putin on this issue. Putin sounded more disapproving of  NATO’s military actions in Lybia, while Medvedev  argues that there is a good reason to use military force to stop Quaddafii. May be the Russian government did not use the right to veto this military intervention because it doesn’t directly affect its interests…Would be interesting to know how American media covers this attitude of Russia – passive approval of intervention  but lack of active actions to support the opposition.

The article “Togetherness in Lybia” is very informative regarding Obama’s actions, “challenging an American habit of mind”. First, he referred to the military intervention  as “an international mandate for action”, as” the support of Arab countrie”|,  and then,as a reaction to ” a plea for help from the Lybian people”. The strongest statement he made was ” We would have betrayed ourselves, if we had turned a blind eye to Lybia under such terrible circumstances” .  We understand that  according to Obama,  the reasons for interference were  to protect the people and the moral principles. We would like to believe that the true aim of the Resolution itself is the protection of civilians, but not establishing of a new «democratic» regime in Lybia.  We also know that with  the introduction of coalition forces civilians did not cease to suffer. More than that now they are under the fire of both warring parties now.  Do you think there might have been another way to stop Quaddafii? What do you think of America sharing its leadership with other countries, regarding the war in Lybia?

Thank you.

We look forward to hearing from you and to getting to know you personally, by videoconference.

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2 Responses to Group №3: International  Relations – interrelation expressed by Medvedev and Obama

  1. I am from Africa but i want to enjoy and learning first-hand strategies for international collaboration and communication with internatioal students.
    For interest in the activite of international organizations. Like me i am working in SWISSAID (Une aide qui va plus loin) organization in Guinea-Bissau.

  2. ccrgloballeaders says:

    Hi Khabarovsk students! Thanks for the introduction and for sharing your thoughts on the crisis in Libya. We too see the value in international dialogue.

    We certainly agree that the intervention in North Africa is a complicated one. To answer your first question, we understand that the choice to invade is a difficult one, and there may have been other methods of preventing Qaddafi from massacring his citizens. However, it is important to recognize that the rebels themselves demanded an intervention, and it is important to consider their perspective. We feel that the rebels’ needs are what take precedence in this situation.

    More importantly, we feel we need to focus on the impending outcomes of the intervention, not on the intervention itself. We need to make sure that Qaddafi–and, even more important, his successor–no longer has the capability of repeating the senseless violence that was so common only weeks ago.

    Regarding your second question, we feel that ultimately it is a good thing to cooperate with the international community. Global power needs to be shared and distributed appropriately.

    Thanks for the excellent questions. We hope to speak with you soon!!!

    -Stanford Group 3

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