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    This paper will be a revised and expanded version of the first research paper. Based on your feed back, you will first revise the first paper. Then you will add three-to-four (3) new pages that address the following:

    Summarize events between the U.S. and at least one (1) of the countries you wrote about in the first paper since the end of the Cold War.
    Identify and describe the current relationship between the U.S. and one (1) of the countries you wrote about in the first paper.
    Select a country you did not write about in the first paper, and describe the current U.S. diplomatic approach to the country.
    Contrast and compare the two (2) relationships.
    Using the two (2) countries as examples, summarize how the U.S. has changed the ways it relates to other countries in the past 20 years.
    Cite at least four (4) reputable sources in addition to the textbook, not including Wikipedia, encyclopedias, or dictionaries.

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    US policy towards Algeria:

    Political Islam and the United States: A Study of U.S. Policy Towards Islamist Movements in the Middle East; Maria do C?u Pinto and,
    Algeria: Current Issues; Carol Migdalovitz

    Since the 1970s until recently, the US was not interested in Algeria. It was seen as a French zone of influence. Of course, since more and more oil and gas were found, that changed.
    The political issues are dicey. Since independence, the army has been a major influence in politics. They have been continually at war with the Islamic resistance movement since independence in 1962.

    In 1992, the army canceled an election that might have brought Islamic movements to power. The US was split on their reaction. Some condemned the cancellation of democracy, others did not want to see a terror-linked government.
    However, the US wanted to talk with the Islamists, while the French wanted them exterminated. French and US policy were contradictory. 9/11 changed much of that. Yet, the US still wants to take a neutral course.

    The other issue was that Algerian military rule did some good for the economy. They listened to the SU and the IMF by institutionalizing some reforms that opened the economy to foreign (oil) investments. As you might imagine, the US oil firms were very happy with it.

    Algeria has not been a major recipients of US aid. On the other hand, since the beginning of the riots on Egypt this year, the US is moving to become more involved with the economy. The president has been openly elected twice, yet the army really guarantees the security of the government and has a great deal of control over who gets power.

    So there are two issues since the Cold War ? Algeria against terrorism and Algeria as ...

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    Relationship between the US and Algeria us explored according to the instructions in the problem (see above).