Second Blue Essay Topics

Pick one of the topics below. The essay is due at the start of class on Friday, 6 Oct.

  1. Is deterrence as a strategy of coercion as described by Freedman compatible with Shaw’s “new western way of war,” or does deterrence as a strategy violate key  ‘rules’ of the new way of war?

  2. Criticize or defend this position: “If Shaw’s account of the ‘global surveillance mode of warfare’ is correct, then Clausewitz’s philosophy of war has triumphed in the Western world. The ‘industrialized total war’ mode, which Shaw says prevailed for much of the 20th century, threatened to produce ‘absolute’ war, which Clausewitz feared would divorce military means from the political aims. The ‘new western way of war’ makes war safe for the world again.” 



The essay should be 1200-1300 words (roughly 4 double-spaced pages) in length. Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like Times New Roman and not sans serif fonts, like Arial. (While sans serif fonts are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.) Have a separate title page with 1) your name and 2) your student ID number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade “blind”). Text should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins. Number the pages of text. Put the number of the topic you are answering or the first phrase of the topic at the top of the first page of the essay text so that I know what topic you are answering.