Second Essay Topics

Answer one of the topics below. The essay is due at the start of class on Monday, 31 July.

1. Based on all the readings and discussions so far, are most states pursuing strategies of opposition against the US or are they instead pursuing strategies of accommodation? Does this show that the Bush “revolution” in foreign policy is successful or that it is failing?

2. Criticize or defend this position: “Based on Walt’s argument, if the United States had adopted a grand strategy of cooperative security or selective engagement, its power would be harnessed to the will of less-capable states. The only way the US could have pursued its own interests without generating a resistant international system would be if it had adopted a grand strategy of neo-isolationism.”


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.