For this assignment, please write a 500-600 words in length, double-spaced, essay on one of the wars we've covered so far (e.g. World War I, World War II, or the Cold War). Be sure to apply at least one theoretical perspective to it and articulate the level(s) of analysisyou're using and to demonstrate your understanding of at least five international relations terms (e.g. like the ones discussed on the Week 1 Forum). Your essay should be insightful and demonstrate your critical thinking on the topic.
In your introductory paragraph, introduce the war, theoretical perspective, level(s) of analysis and terms you're going to discuss. End the paragraph with your thesis statement, which is about what you have to say about the topic.
Example of introduction with a thesis statement: In the summer of 1914, Europe found itself on the brink of a military conflict which would eventually encompass large portions of the world. Today, we call this conflict WWI, while contemporaries referred to it as the Great War. In this essay, I use Realism to explain the reasons which led to the outbreak of WWI. Furthermore, I apply the system level of analysis to show the international dynamics leading to the conflict. In my analysis, I will employ the following concepts: sovereignty, balance of power, alliances, zero-sum game, and international institutions.
For more information on the introductory paragraph, please check out the examples from OWL Purdue available at this link. Although this essay is a bit different than the essays discussed on the Purdue OWL website, it is still a good reference. I recommend checking it out.
In the second section of your essay, please address the theoretical approach and the levels of analysis. Begin by outlining the assumptions of the theory you're using and follow by applying those assumptions to the conflict your choice. As you explain the theory and start applying it, you will naturally be using the concepts. PLEASE REMEMBER: you must define the theories and concepts before you apply them.
Conclude your essay by summarizing the main points with which you want to leave your reader.
Your submission should be free from errors and demonstrate your knowledge on the topics you discussed. Exclusive use of the course materials is required. Please upload your work as a .doc or .docx file.
Please remember that this essay is due on Tuesday of Week 6 (12/11).
Introduction & thesis: /20
Content knowledge: /20
Analysis & critical thinking: /20
Writing and organization: /20
Sources and citations: /20
International Relations Terms: state sovereignty, Treaty of Westphalia, intergovernmental organizations (IGO), power in international relations, balance of power, neorealism, neoliberalism, neoliberal institutionalism, levels of analysis, prisoner's dilemma, non-governmental organizations (NGO), security dilemma, Concert of Europe, democratic peace theory, dominant discourse, anarchy in the international system, constructivism, state, interdependence, vulnerability (in interdependence), sensitivity (in interdependence), hard power, soft power.