Final Essay Topics

Answer one of the topics below. The essay is due at 9 am on Monday, 7 August, either as an email attachment to or at my office, 517 Ross Hall.

1. Criticize or defend this position: “George W. Bush’s grand strategy is criticized more for its style than its substance. The US acted unilaterally under Clinton and has acted multilaterally under Bush.”  

2. Criticize or defend this position: “The success or failure of the Bush administration’s foreign policy should not be judged on the basis of the war in Iraq or America’s popularity abroad. Rather, the standard for judging US foreign policy should be the ability of the Bush administration to provide for America’s security by creating a balance of power that favors freedom. By that measure, the Bush administration policy has been a stunning success. America remains the prime power and states are bandwagoning with the US rather than balancing against it.”




The essay should be 1700-1800 words (roughly 6 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.