Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
The way that the US interacts with so much across the world got me to thinking. What countries out there are successful but have little to no interaction with the US? Trade, financial, military, etc.
Of course, I am not trying to imply that the many successful countries across the world depend on the US, but most of them do interact with the US greatly.
To further the question, are there any successful countries out there that don't have much interaction with any of the more powerful countries out there? (such as Russia, China, any of those in western Europe, etc.)
Are you saying those four countries have little or no interaction with the US? Look at the Swedish arms industry, and think again. Norway and Denmark are both part of NATO, BTW. We're perhaps not dependant on the US, but trade and co-operation, military and otherwise, with the US has certainly helped the Nordic countries.
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
Lijnden From Netherlands, joined Apr 2003, 562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
I can think of the following countries:
France, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, Mongolia, Syria, The Lebanon, Rwanda, Zaire (Congo), Angola, Laos, Libya, Kiribati & Tungaru, Sudan, Djibouti, Burkino Faso, Swaziland, Madagascar, Mozambique, Chad, Mali, Malawi, Gabon
LAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
The US is always trying to form a relationship with someone, somwhere. Most countries have some ties to the USA, unless it really doesnt matter on a global scale or on a region scale. My guess in that South Africa would be a much better partner to the US to have than say Swaziland or Lesotho.
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Noelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1562 times:
It depends to what extent you are talking. I doubt any country has absolutely no trade with the US (with the obvious exceptions of Cuba, N Korea etc). Countries that have few political or military dealings with the US that spring to mind would be Russia, China and maybe New Zealand. Russia is almost entirely self-supportive (although they are dealing with more foreign countries these days), China who again are mostly self supporting, and NZ who compared to many western countries don't play along to the US's every whim like many other countries.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1552 times:
Successful countries are successful in large part because they trade internationally. To find a nation that is successful without interacting with the largest economy, the greatest importer on the planet would be difficult, for reasons which should be obvious.
Whereas 150 years you could make a case for countries being successful without interaction with the superpower of that era, Britain (especially landlocked countries!), the world is different, with communication instantaneous.
In fact, it's not just a question of the United States. You'd be hard pressed to find a successful country that doesn't trade (and therefore, interacts) with someone like, say, France. The world is that much of a village these days.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Doesn't Nokia employ over half the workforce in Finland? I see a lot of people using Nokia cell phones in the US. Then there is also the GSM/UMTS/WiMax infrastructure of companies like Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile also being partly Nokia.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6301 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1392 times:
Quoting SP90 (Reply 20): Doesn't Nokia employ over half the workforce in Finland
No way, at least I don't think so. They have a huge impact on Finland, and they bring in upwards of 30% of the market capital in Finland, but half the workforce of the country...I would be very surprised. I do, however, think they are the largest employer in Finland.