POLT 403: The U.S. in World Affairs



Writing in POLT 403

Take-home Quiz

Take-home Essay I

Take-home Essay II

Take-home Exam I:

Essay III

Essay IV

Essay V

Essay VI

Take-home Essay VII

Take-home Exam II:

Essay VIII

Essay IX

Essay X

Take-home Exam III:

Essay XI

Essay XII

Essay XIII

Essay XIV

Take-home Exam IV:

Essay XV

Essay XVI

Essay XVII


Essay XIX


Ingram, vu-graph, "Your Orientation to Foreign Affairs"

Ingram, "Thinking with Bounded Rationality"

Ingram, vu-graph, “Policy”

Power Point Lesson 1a

Power Point Lesson 1

Ingram, vu-graph, "Political Culture and Political Socialization"

Jervis, an outline from Perception and Misperception in International Relations, Chapter 4, "Cognitive Consistency and the Interaction between Theory and Data," and Chapter 6, "How Decision-Makers Learn from History," pp. 3-5

Snyder, "One World, Rival Theories," Foreign Policy, Nov 2004

Ingram, "Considering Course Material"

Power Point Lesson 2

Ingram, vu-graph, "Global Players"

Ingram, vu-graph, "The State"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Nations and Nationalism"

Paul, "Nations and States," parts 1, 2, and 4

Ingram, vu-graph, "Why States Exist"

from Kenneth Waltz, from Man, the State and War

Ingram, vu-graph, "Sovereignty"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Anarchy"

Power Point Lesson 3

Ingram, "The Economic Instrument of Power"

The Map as History, "History of Decolonization and Independence in the 20th Century" (You cannot use the online access.)

Ingram, vu-graph, "Tiers"

Zoellick, "Fragile States: Securing Development"

Rotberg, "The New Nature of Nation-State Failure"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Indicators of Failed or Failing States"

The Fund for Peace, press release, 2015

The Fund for Peace, indicators

The Fund for Peace, rankings, 2015

Power Point Lesson 4

Ingram, "Bounded Rational Policy Analysis"

Ingram, vu-graph, “Policy”

Ingram, "A Useful Concept of National Interests and Goals"

Power Point Lesson 5

Ingram, "A Useful Concept of Power"

Power Point Lesson 6

Ingram, vu-graph, "Diplomacy"

Ingram, vu-graph, "The Functions of Diplomacy"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Dealing with Other States"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Negotiations"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Conflict Management"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Crisis Management"

Power Point Lesson 7

Ingram, Vu-graph, "Deterrence"

Ingram, Vu-graph, "Compellence"

"Nuclear Order of Battle, 1962"

Lebow, Chapter 6, We All Lost the Cold War

Schwarz, The Atlantic

Gavin, National Interest, "Lessons from the Cuban Misile Crisis," 26 Oct 2012

Power Point Lesson 8

Cox and Hurst, "George Bush and the diplomacy of German unification," Diplomacy and statecraft, Dec 2002

BBC - "Maps of Europe 1989-1991" (Click on map to see the sequence.)

Ingram, "Preemption and Prevention"

Ingram, "A Useful Concept of Causation"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Why Did the Cold War End?"

Ingram, vu-graph, "Why Did the USSR Collapse?"

Power Point Lesson 10 (Causation)


Cold War and USSR End

Ingram, "Decision-making Models"

Ingram, "A Useful Description of Decision-Making"

Power Point (Decision-making)

Jordan, Chapter 4, "Presidential Leadership and the Executive Branch"

Power Point (President)

Jordan, Chapter 5, "Congress"

Power Point (Congress)

The State Department

Jordan, Chapter 4, "Presidential Leadership and the Executive Branch," pp. 86-91

Power Point Lesson 12

Jordan, Chapter 6, "Homeland Security," pp. 124-141

Power Point Lesson 13 Homeland Security

Jordan, Chapter 4, "Presidential Leadership and the Executive Branch," pp. 93-95

Jordan, Chapter 7, "Intelligence and National Security"

Power Point Lesson 13 Intelligence

Jordan, Chapter 4, "Presidential Leadership and the Executive Branch," pp. 91-93

Enthoven and Smith

Jordan, Chapter 8, "Role of the Military in the Policy Process" pp. 178-183

Jordan, Chapter 4, "Presidential Leadership and the Executive Branch," pp. 81-86

Jordan, Chapter 10, "Putting the Piece Together" pp. 214-217 and 225-227

Haass, “Where to go From Here: Rebooting American Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2017

Caldwell, Chapter 1, "The Meaning of Security Today"

The Nuclear World

Arms Control Association, “Nuclear Weapons Who Has Then at a Glance,” Jan 2017

2010 Nuclear Posture Review, pp. 15-30

Brookings, Einhorn, “Non-Proliferation Challenges Facing the Trump Administration,” March 2017, introduction and sections 1, 2, 3, & 4.

Power Point (Nuclear)


The Economist: "War in the fifth dimension"

ZDNet, Ranger, "Cyberwar: A Guide to the Frightning Future of Online Conflict. " 20 Aug 2107

Menashri, Cyber Attack

Power Point ( Cyberwar)


Ingram, "When Thinking about Military Intervention"

Jordan, Chapter 16, 'Irregular Challenges, Military Intervention, and Counterinsurgency"

vu-graphs, Hoffman's views on military interventions

Conry, Cato Institute Policy, "Analysis No. 209: The Futility of U.S. Intervention in Regional Conflicts," May 19, 1994

Power Point (Military Intervention)


Jordan, Chapter 14, “Asymmetric Conflict, Terrorism, and Preemption,” pp. 297-303

Inter-University Center for Terrorism, Sample, “Combating Terrorism: The Role of Intelligence, The Challenge of Terrorism,” July 2016, page 1

Inter-University Center for Terrorism, Sample, “Combating Terrorism: The Role of Intelligence,” July 2016, pp 11-14

NYT, Blanken, “The Islamic State Is Not Dead Yet,” 9 July 2017

NYT, Hubbard and Schmitt, “ISIS, Despite Heavy Losses, Still Inspires Global Attacks,” 8 July 2017

The Economist, 28 September 2013, Leader: “Al-Qaeda returns”

PowerPoint - Terrorism


NATO, “What is NATO?” 6 Nov 2016

NATO, map (Wikipedia, "Enlargement of NATO," click on NATO Members)

The American National Interest, Weinrod, “We Still Need NATO,” 15 Jan 2016

Politico, Stravdis, “Once Again, Europe needs America, “ 21 November 2016

PowerPoint - NATO


Business Insider, “10 Maps that Explain Russia’s Strategy,” 1 Feb 2016

Carnegie Moscow, Trenin, “Demands on Russian Foreign Policy nd Its Drivers,” 19 Oct 2017

Foreign Affairs, Kotkin, “Russia’s Perpetual Geopolitics,” May/June 2016

PowerPoint - Russia

East Asia

Brookings, Pollack, “Changes and prospects of regional stability in East Asia: A U.S. perspective,” 25 Jan 2016

Foreign Affairs, Swaine, “The Real Challenge in the Pacific,” May/June 2015

Power Point (East Asia)

Human Rights

UN Human Rights


Rights Wrongs

Politics of Human Rights


Power Point (Human Rights1)

Power Point (Human Rights2)


Ingram, "Morality and Ethical Reasoning in International Relations"

UN.org, "Background Note -- Responsibility to Protect"

Washington Post, "Doe the U.S. has a 'Responsibility to Protect' the Syrian People?"

Power Point (Morality in IR2)

Power Point (R2P)

Human Development

UN, "Human Development Indicators"

UN, "Summary, Human Development Report, 2013," pp. 1-8"

"Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945"

Power Point (Human Development, Poverty, and Hunger)

Sustainble Development

Is Climate Change Real?

Tragedy of the Commons

Brundtlund part 2

Brundtlund complete "Our Common Future"

Some Economic Concepts

Standard of Living in the Developing World

Porter, Imaging a World Without Growth