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Grizzly Steppe and American Diplomacy

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A recent ruckus between Russia and America saw the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. They were declared as “persona non grata”, and together with their families were given 72 hours to leave the United States of America. On the contrary, some Americans find it hard to leave once they have arrived. The preceding event that lead to the repatriation is also known as “Grizzly Steppe”. Apparently due to the presence of a malware code found in a laptop.

However this seems to be only part of the problem. Russia allegedly interfered in 2016 American Presidential Elections. This made it very clear that the involvement of outsiders in local elections is not welcomed. The opposite however is not entirely true. Albeit the leadership may not be directly involved in managing the outcomes of elections in other nations, the effort takes place right under their noses.

National Endowment for Democracy, otherwise known as NED is somewhat or rather involved in political activities across the globe. For example, in the year 2015 NED spent at least USD 675,000 in Malaysia to support politically inclined movements. Irony of the matter is that most if not all of these organisations oppose the current government in one way or the other. This suggest indirect participation in local politics.

Another sponsor of “liberal” activities, Open Society Foundations (OSF), expressed interest in the upcoming Malaysian General Elections. Though this complicity might not be directly influenced by the American government or the Presidential Administration, the beneficiaries from the end results and the associated gains are another question altogether.

Given the stern action taken against the Russians, do the Americans deserve the same treatment? On Friday, the President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will not evict American diplomats in response. The move by Kremlin was welcomed by President-elect Donald J. Trump.

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Collusion in the internal affairs of any country is a serious attempt on her sovereignty. Despite that, reaction(s) to such hostilities need not be aggressive in nature. Taking the example of Putin, there are other more polite ways to resolve arising contentions. The two foes might be on the verge of becoming friends via the means of diplomacy.

Things back home on the other hand are different. From one aspect, our reaction towards a similar incident remains pending. Do we have what it takes to follow the footsteps of American “diplomacy”?

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