Essay about Foreign Affairs During The Soviet Union

937 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
In spite of their non-alignment, Nicaraguan foreign affairs have at times been accused of aligning with the Soviet bloc but “the oft repeated accusation that Nicaragua is but a Soviet or Cuban pawn does not appear consistent with a closer examination of the facts” (Vanden and Morales, 1985, 144). These old accusations inform concerns regarding neo-colonialism in contemporary Nicaragua. Both effectively deny agency to the Nicaraguan government in the foreign policy decisions, whether ideological or pragmatic, of the country. The foreign policy of the first Sandinista administration has ideological elements - in replacing the U.S. with the Soviet Union - and pragmatic elements, in needing foreign support to survive (Gardini and Lambert, 203). Nicaraguan foreign affairs after the revolution can be seen as, in part, ideological but also, given the economic and military pressures from the U.S. government, somewhat pragmatic. Though it is in Nicaragua’s tendency to seek a stronger state for support, non-alignment also entailed diversifying the dependence of the country and could in that regard also be seen as pragmatic. The diversification of dependence can be seen in the involvement of various international actors including companies from Belgian, Australia, and the United States as well as the Russian government and the principal private Chinese corporation (Son). Accusations regarding the violation of non-alignment may then be unfounded but the increasing involvement of…

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