Introduction to International Relations
Term Paper Assignment
Foreign Policy Brief
Assume you are a foreign policy analyst/advisor to the US president and you are asked to write a foreign policy brief on a current foreign policy issue or problem. In your brief you should:
(A) Provide a historical background /analysis explaining the nature, causes and effects of the situation,
(B) provide an assessment of the stakes involved (interests, values, domestic actors, international actors, etc.), and
(C) your policy recommendations regarding the situation (what should be done and why). Make sure you include alternative options and possible outcomes for each alternative before you select a policy option. Try to be as specific as possible.
Style and Format
The Paper should be typed, double spaced, and approximately 7 pages long (MLA). All source material must be cited in a proper standard citation form (see, some major online sources on citation styles and writing tips, below).
Latest Due Date: Last date of class
A good place to start your research ? http://vlib.org/InternationalAffairs
Suggested Topics – Selected Topic
Should “Nation-building” and the promotion of democracy be a major component of U.S. foreign policy?
What should the US strategy be in Iraq?
What role for the United Nations in U.S. foreign policy?
What to do with the Iranian nuclear ambitions?
What to do with the Korean Nuclear weapons?
How Should the US deal with the rise of China as an international actor?
How should the US pursue the War on Terror?
Some major online sources on citation styles and writing tips
1. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
2. Research and Documentation Online, by Diana Hacker: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/.
Also see the main index page for her products at http://www.dianahacker.com/.
3. Columbia Guide to Online Style: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/cgos/idx_basic.html
4. Dr. Grammar, by Professor James HiDuke, formerly of the Department of English, University of Northern Iowa: http://www.drgrammar.org/
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