International Relations and World Politics

ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS (each qn in separate documents)
To participate in the following discussions, go to this week’s Discussion link in the left navigation.

  1. Geopolitics Today and Tomorrow
    Before you begin, you will want to complete the Quick Review Questions for Chapter 4. These activities are designed to ensure that you have a solid understanding of the key concepts. You can access the Quick Review Questions through the Multimedia Library link in the left-hand navigation menu, in your online classroom.
    Are geopolitical trends still important in today’s rapidly evolving international environment? Will geopolitics still be relevant tomorrow or will certain “megatrends” make them obsolete? Select a scenario from the National Intelligence Council’s publication, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, and briefly describe elements of geopolitical thought described in this scenario. Based on your evaluation of the scenario, make an argument in support for or against the relevance of geopolitical theory. Make sure to include specific examples from the videos for Chapter 4 from the Multimedia Library.
    Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. 7.
  2. Globalization: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Before you begin, you will want to complete the Quick Review Questions for Chapter 5. These activities are designed to ensure that you have a solid understanding of the key concepts. You can access the Quick Review Questions through the Multimedia Library link in the left-hand navigation menu, in your online classroom.
    Globalization continues to impact the international environment in a variety of ways to include social, political, technological, and cultural influences. Overall, has globalization had a positive or negative impact on most states? Provide specific examples to support your overall argument and utilize the course readings along with the Chapter 5 Videos from the Multimedia Library and News Review.
    Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Other sources you will need for this week’s assignments are:

  1. Armitage, R. L., & Nye, J. S. Jr. (2007). A smarter, more secure America: A report of the CSIS commision on smart power. Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 5-14. Retrieved from http://csis.org/publication/smarter-more-secure-america
  2. Use this resource in the assignment, Case Study: Challenge and Response. This report describes the CSIS Commission’s findings and recommendations for how the United States should act in order to maintain a leading role in global affairs.
  3. Ikenberry, G. J. (2014, May/June). The illusion of geopolitics. Foreign Affairs, 93(3), 80-90. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database.
    • Use this resource in the discussion, Geopolitics Today and Tomorrow. This article’s author argues that the geopolitical challenges of the past are not as relevant today and that new and radically different geopolitical challenges have emerged.
  4. International Monetary Fund. (May 2008). Globalization: A brief overview. IMF Issues Brief. Washington, DC: IMF. Retrieved from http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/ib/2008/pdf/053008.pdf
    • Use this resource in the discussion, Globalization: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. This article provides an overview of challenges facing all of the countries in the world, and the different paths that can be taken to overcome them.
  5. Mackinder, H. J. (2004). The geographical pivot of history (1904). Geographical Journal, 170(4), 298-321. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database.
    • Use this resource in the discussion, Geopolitics Today and Tomorrow. This article, written in 1904, contemplates how historians will view that time period in the future, in relation to geographical exploration.
  1. Mead, R. M. (2014, May/June). The return of geopolitics. Foreign Affairs, 93(3), 69-79. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database.
    • Use this resource in the discussion, Geopolitics Today and Tomorrow. This article’s author argues that geopolitics has not gone away and the most difficult geopolitical challenges of the recent past are still relevant today.
  2. Mourdoukoutas, P. (Sept. 10, 2011). The good, the bad, and the ugly side of globalizationForbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2011/09/10/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-side-of-globalization/
    • Use this resource in the discussion, Globalization: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. This article discusses three different sides of globalization: the positives, the negatives, and the worst case scenario.
  3. Nation, R. C. (2008). National power. In J. B. Bartholomees (Ed.), U.S. army war college guide to national security issues, Volume I: Theory of war and strategy (4th ed.) (pp. 141-152). Retrieved from http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubid=1004
    • Use this resource in the assignment, Case Study: Challenge and Response. This chapter discusses the concept of power as it pertains to international relations.
  4. National Intelligence Council (NIC). (2012). Global trends 2030: Alternative worlds. Washington DC: Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, 107-133. Retrieved from http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/GlobalTrends_2030.pdf
    • Use this resource in the discussion, Geopolitics Today and Tomorrow. This article discusses four probable future worlds, in relation to global politics and international relations, which may exist in the future.
  5. Obama, B. H. (May 2010). National security strategy. Washington, DC: Office of the President of the United States. Retrieved from http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/national_security_strategy.pdf
    • Use this resource in the assignment, Case Study: Challenge and Response. This document outlines the United States’ National Security Strategy.

Multimedia

  1. Friedman, T. (July 4, 2008). Thomas Friedman: Hot, flat and crowded [Video]. FORA.tv. Retrieved from http://fora.tv/2008/07/04/Thomas_Friedman_Hot_Flat_and_Crowded
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