Turkmenistan is a country full of promises and potential for a brighter future to the world. Throughout history, the country of Turkmenistan has provided an abundance of archeological finds as well as an advance dwelling civilization. This civilization has been through many epochs and advancements in human history. The promises of this country are unique unlike many others. It provides the world with such natural resources as cotton and oil, but nevertheless the country's culture is just as rich.
Derived from Islamic Turkish heritage, it still believes in freedom of religion and expression, contrary to most Islamic nations presently. The problem is that many nations with great power in the world overlook these fine countries and their provisions. Like Turkmenistan, smaller nations across the globe could be of some aide to the United States as well as other Western developed countries. However, every country lacks in perfection and holds many publicized flaws known to the present day people. On the other hand, these flaws are merely the outcome of a struggling society battling within itself in order to attain excellence. The government of Turkmenistan suffers greatly to the media because of these flaws.
Its democratic system is nothing compared to the freedoms of Great Britain, France, etc. This elected institution is constantly criticized for its lack of freedoms by the global media. It has been accused of such atrocities ranging from ethnic tensions to rigged elections. Nevertheless, Turkmenistan has only been an established sovereign country for sixteen years, because of the constant oppression by foreign invaders. These atrocities that have been committed upon the people over time gave rise to the new mentality of providing a democratic society. Nonetheless, this democratic society has many faults. Some of these flaws consist of a conservative mentality as well as a backwards understanding of democracy.
[...] Turkmenistan is a conservative democratic country, bound by the same fundamental rights of man shared by the United States. On the other hand, the government is not a perfect democracy, like every other democratic nation. Nonetheless, it has the same goal that all other democratic countries share: the pursuit of creating a better standard of living for its citizens as well as obtaining the perfect democratic system. Presently in a time where the United States‟ foreign policy surrounds Iraq, Iran, and terrorism, how could the candidates for the upcoming 2008 election use Turkmenistan to profit on their foreign policy agenda? [...]
[...] Turkmenistan would be a closer partner and better ally to compensate for the Wahhabist led Saudi Arabian regime. The numerous qualities that this country holds should prove to the American government just how beneficial Turkmenistan could be as an asset to their foreign policy concerns as well as their trading concerns. The geographical location, government, natural resources, civilization, and trading locations of Turkmenistan should all be taken into account, because if the American government does not use this country as a resource another country like China or Russia could end up benefiting from them. [...]
[...] In regards to their mediocre democracy, the government of Turkmenistan should not be at fault for prior mistakes as long as it corrects them. The government‟s lack of knowledge creates these flaws that make it difficult to put together a positive working democracy. This democracy can only be obtained through knowledge and help from Western culture. If Western society shuns Turkmenistan now, it will only create a more isolated state, which will halt its progress and possibly push it backwards. [...]
[...] Turkmenistan also previously provided humanitarian aide during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The country‟s geographical location is situated perfectly within the Central Asian and Middle East region; Russia borders it to the north and terrorist funding countries are to the south. Turkmenistan‟s western border is situated not too far from China, which might prove to be an antagonist state for the U.S. in the economic future. In regards to natural resources, the country is abundant in oil and cotton. [...]
[...] Prior to the influence by the Oghuz tribes, Turkmenistan was mainly nomadic other than the Amu Darya river region, Nisa, and Merv. In fact Merv was one of the largest trading posts and a “busy caravan route, connecting China and the city of Baghdad (in modern day Iraq) in addition, merchants, traders, and missionaries introduced the religions of Buddhism and Zoroastrianism to the region” (turkmenistanembassy.org). The rise of Islam started in the late 7th and 8th century, coincidently at the same time as the migration of the Oghuz 2 The Oghuz tribe is a group of people that is considered to be part of the Turkish civilization as opposed to the Arab peoples of today. [...]
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