POLT 403: The U.S. in World Affairs



Writing in POLT 403

Take-home Quiz (history and geography)

Essay Set 1

Essay Set 2

Essay Set 3

Essay Set 4

Essay Set 5

Essay Set 6

Essay Set 7

Essay Set 8

Essay Set 9

Essay Set 10

Essay Set 11

Essay Set 12

Essay Set 13

Essay Set 14

Essay Set 15

Essay Set 16


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

Ingram, "Thinking with Bounded Rationality"

Ingram, vu-graph, “Policy”

Power Point Lesson 1

Power Point Lesson 1a

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

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

Ingram, vu-graph, "Tiers"

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, "The Economic Instrument of Power"

Oatley, "What is International Political Economy"

Summary of Mingst

Krueger, "Lessons" and "Challenges"

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 cuban missile crisis

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, "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 (State)

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

Piffiner, Chapter 6, “The President and National Security,” pp. 199-205

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

Power Point (Military and NSC)

UN, “Human security, Report of the UN Secretary-General.” 8 March 2010

Power Point (Human Security)

The Nuclear World

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

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

Union of Concerned Scientists, “Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review: Top Take-Aways” 2 Feb 2018

Power Point (Nuclear)


The Economist: "War in the fifth dimension"

NYT, “In a First, U.S. Blames Russia for Cyber Attacks on Energy Grid,” 16 March 2018

Menashri, Cyber Attack

Power Point ( Cyberwar)

Prevention or Preemption

Ingram, "Preemption and Prevention"


Ingram, "When Thinking about Military Intervention"

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

vu-graphs, Hoffman's views on military interventions

Zoellick, "Fragile States: Securing Development"

Thurer, "An Internal Challenge"

Power Point (Military Intervention)


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

European Parliament, “How to stop Terrorism,” 22 Mar 2018

CNBC, Turak, “Terror attacks are likely to increase in 2018, with ISIS and al-Qaeda both still dangerous,” 28 Dec 2017

PowerPoint - Terrorism


NATO, “What is NATO?” 6 Nov 2016

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

Jordan, Chapter 23, "Europe"

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, “Russia’s Evolving Grand Eurasia Strategy: Will It Work?” 20 July 2017

PowerPoint - Russia

East Asia

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

Power Point (East Asia)

Human Rights

UN Human Rights


Rights Wrongs

Politics of Human Rights


Power Point (Human Rights)


Ingram, "Morality and Ethical Reasoning in International Relations"

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

Power Point (Morality in IR2)

Human Development

UN, "Human Development Indicators"

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

Power Point (Human Development, Poverty, and Hunger)

Sustainble Development

Brundtlund part 2

Some Economic Concepts

The Population Institute, "The Population Challenge," pp 9-20

National Intelligence Council, Chapter 4

WSWF, Rothkopk, "Impact of Climate Change"

Power Point (Sustainable Development)