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Is US Hegemony getting hit after Ukraine attack by Russia?

During the so called ‘REAGAN ERA’ (1981 through 1989) liberalization of US foreign policy with breaking of barriers between East and West… that included smashing of famous ‘Berlin-wall’, with words- “Mr Gorbachev tear down this wall” was the best thing that could happen for economies of many countries in East as well as the West.

Come to think of it, all this came about from the most conservative ‘Ronald Reagan’ who was elected as the 40th President of USA in 1981.

  • US hegemony, leadership on global issues was appreciated in Central Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern countries during the ‘REAGAN ERA’, in my view. 
  • Globalization of East-West trade and commerce got a boost after President Ronald Reagan at the White House. 

The Democrats who won the white House, often boast that the ‘Clinton and Obama years’ brought about most liberalization of US Policy, and most East-West-trade.

  • Democrats claim that economies of many countries got a boost during President Bill Clinton and President Barrack Obama years at the White House. Both of them had been elected on the Democratic party ticket in USA.
  • After WWII, I would say, Democrats at the White House brought more devastation and cruel wars to Central Asia, and the Middle East; not much East-West Trade and Commerce!

Friends, I would like to have your comments on: “the decade or best years, for EAST-WEST-TRADE RELATIONS, GLOBAL COMMERCE, for USA, Russia, Japan, Korea, Middle Eastern countries and US-allies” 

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  • In particular, I would like to know whether Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Japan, Korea, UK, Canada, Middle East, South America, India, China, Africa benefited most from from Republican Party Administration in USA or the Democratic Party Administration in USA?

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 Ronald Reagan's presidential portrait, 1981    See the source image   

Ever smiling President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan (photos from wikipedia, other sources on Net.)

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I was a rookie high-tech-engineer during the ‘REAGAN ERA’. I had just immigrated from India to the US in late 1970s; started working for a small company that had its R&D Center at Cleveland OHIO and most Operations in Houston TX. Our company worked on several projects in collaboration with International Companies in those days.

I used to boast a US AIRFORCE (USAF) cleared ‘Classified-Secret’ badge to work on US Government and NASA projects in those days.

I have no hesitation in saying that ‘Reagan Era’ plus liberalization of US-economy by the ever smiling President Ronald Reagan, brought career opportunities to many up and coming engineers (like myself,) all over the world. In hindsight I would say that I got most career opportunities in the so called ‘Reagan Era’. 

As far as America is concerned, Collaborative & Competitive projects, tie-ups for large scale manufacturing wherever labour was cheap around the globe (in West as well as East) including mainland China began with the ‘Reagan-era’; that is my view. 

  • I too got my first break to visit (officially) Johnson Space Center (JSC) at Houston Texas along with a delegation that came to visit our small company in Cleveland OHIO in the snow belt.
  • Our company had R&D center then in Cleveland OH and most operations in Houston Texas; it was looking for collaborations to market its products all over Eastern and Western countries. It had tie-ups then in UK, South-Africa, Australia, Japan, India and China too.

Posting a few pictures of myself with a China delegation at JSC Houston Texas.

May be an image of 6 people and people standing

(pic-1) Me at extreme left (in picture) infront of NASA Moon lander replica.

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( Pic-2) China delegation and I, listening to an ‘intro’ to SPACE SHUTTLE MISSIONS by a NASA employee  in foreground. I am at extreme left close to the photo display board.)

My visit to the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and NASA Mission Control room located at JSC are still green in my memory. I have to trace and retrieve more pics from that project from my archives. If I do, I will add them here.

During the ‘REAGAN-ERA’, I worked mostly in companies that had secured US-Government and NASA Contracts (classified work and Commercial work.) My then employers included GE-Government Services, GE-Astrospace and AT&T-Federal Telcom Services. My assignments were challenging. I have no hesitation in saying that during the ‘REAGAN-ERA’, I was most gainfully employed. 

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Suresh Rao

Mellowed out and enlightened septuagenarian. Tech savvy. Social writing is just a pastime to kill time. I keep contributing to several developmental projects in the area of engineering education, IT and Healthcare projects launched by my kith and kin. I am too lazy to write a book, 'cause I think my life itself is a book! I am also at www.facebook.com/sureshnrao
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Navneet Bakshi
Navneet Bakshi
3 months ago

Yes, U.S. hegemony has been thoroughly shaken by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the effective shield of NATO has been smashed. Only time will tell if it proves better for the world or worse. For the poor nations, it makes little difference, but for China and India, it does. That’s why India is treading very cautiously. American hegemony has been slowly eroding ever since the Iraq war, but their pulling out of Afghanistan was like a proverbial last straw. Their debt has been gradually mounting and unemployment is high. Add to this, Covid has shown to the world their stubbornness and orthodoxy. As regards the presidents of America, you, Prasad Ji, or those who are living or have lived in America can only tell, who was good or bad for the country and her relationship with the rest of the world, but with this America’s romance with countries of Eastern Block needed to be put an end to.

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