1- How do “women issues” or to a larger extent male-female relations reflect the status of international peace and security?
According to Valerie Hudson and based on empirical data from the WomanStats Database (http://www.womanstats.org/), the world average score for physical security of women is currently 3.22 based on a 0 to 4 scale, 4 being the worst. Since the best predictor of a state’s peacefulness is the security of its women, how can the implementation of Hillary doctrine in the world (if possible) solve the inequitable family law and slanted sex ratio problems leading to a more peaceful world?
2- Considering the inevitable quandaries associated with the Hillary doctrine which were discussed during the presentation today, how can a shift in understanding realpolitik (now including women issues) and its implications in policy-making alter the way we look at international peace and security?
Extra credit opportunity (up to 3 points – add the following critical thinking exercise as a separate section at the end of your paper)
Think about this example: The average amount of detergent used in any given country is strongly statistically associated with the level of happiness (based on happiness index) of that particular country. Similarly, the amount of electricity used per capita is also strongly correlated with democracy. Can we argue that perhaps the level of “economic development” is the confounding variable (is impacting both variables) creating a spurious relationship which may lead to an omitted-variable bias in our estimation? What omitted variables can we suspect in the relationship between security of women and world peace?
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– You should follow a clear argument and be consistent throughout the essay
– Your essay should consist of multiple paragraphs each with a proper topic sentence
– Draw directly on the readings and the lecture with proper referencing
– Have a concluding paragraph
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