First Essay Topics

Pick one of the topics below. The essay is due at the start of class on Monday, 24 July.

  1. Compare the Clinton and Bush grand strategies using Posen & Ross’s criteria. How different or similar are the two president’s strategies?

  2. Criticize or defend this position: “Daalder & Lindsay are wrong about the continuity between Bush’s policies before and after the 11 Sep. 2001 terrorist attacks. The US policy changed dramatically because the Bush administration no longer focused solely on US interests but on fighting terrorism globally. The US decided to be the world’s policeman.”


The essay should be 4-5 pages (roughly 1400-1500 words) 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.