Monday, July 6, 2009

Pact Between Obama and Russian Leader

The New York Times is running an article entitled, "Obama and Russian Leader Announce Nuclear Deal." The article begins, "The United States and Russia, seeking to move forward on one of the most significant arms control treaties since the end of the cold war, announced Monday that they had reached a preliminary agreement on cutting each country’s stockpiles of strategic nuclear weapons by as much as one-third."

According to the article, “It’s our common, joint responsibility, and we should do our utmost to prevent any negative trends there, and we are ready to do that,” (Russian President) Mr. Medvedev said. “Our negotiations with President Obama have demonstrated that we share the same attitude towards this problem.

Read the Article Here!!

Challenge students to consider whether or not they think that the United States and/or the Soviet Union should keep any nuclear weapons. They should support their opinions thoughtfully.

What one principle do students think that negotiators should keep in mind when they are at the negotiating table? Why?

Do students think that we live in a safe world? Why or why not? What one change would most make this world a safer place? Challenge students to support their suggestions.

If students could say one thing that the entire world would hear in order to try and promote world peace, what would they say? Why?

Check out our unit on the Cuban Missile Crisis!!

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