Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements
You are an intern at the office of the Counselor of the Department at the
U.S. Department of State. Your keen critical judgment, skeptical approach
to sources, and sophisticated command of the major themes driving
international politics have not gone unnoticed by your boss.
As the Obama administration prepares a reevaluation of its assessment of
current and future international politics, you have been selected to provide
a fresh approach to the problems currently confronting the State
Department. Select four (4) major international policy issues covered in
class (consult the syllabus and your notes—i.e. : war, sovereignty, economic
competition/cooperation with Russia/China, inequality, security, human
rights, international law, the environment, Eurozone challenges) and rank
them by priority: describe the problem, explain your ranking choice, and
recommend action while noting any constraints, if applicable, to your
policy prescription. Your memo should consist of 6 to 8 pages. Be concise
and persuasive, assert facts, and rely on logic in your argument.
The more sources from this course you can plausibly marshal to
support your recommendations, the better you will do.
Consider the interests of the major protagonists, while recalling the
purpose and practice of diplomacy.
Please footnote all references to assigned readings (and outside sources, if
you wish to rely on additional material—optional, not by any means
required) using the Turabian citation style.