You will be asked to select one important country and to describe and explain Irans course of action in international affairs. Students must write a one page annotated bibliography in preparation. The purpose of your paper is to describe, explain and perhaps predict the foreign policy of a major country. In others, to provide insightful, accurate and convincing answers to these questions: 1) What is the countrys policy? 2) What has this course (and not alternative policies) been pursued? 3) Will the current policy continue or is change possible or likely? If so, how will the policy change and why? Papers are to be submitted in both written and electronic form. The procedures for the latter will be explained in class.
Key questions regarding description:
What are the countrys objectives? What do they want? How much do they want?
What actual or potential threats or impediments stand in the way of the achievement of these goals? What opportunities exist?
What methods or instruments have been utilized to deal with existing or potential problems?
What relationships have been sought and achieved with other major powers and selected smaller countries?
Key questions regarding explanation:
International levelHow much and what sort of power does the country possess?
o Culture, especially as influenced by collective memory (How do the countrys elites and public view their own history? With what consequences?)
o Regime (What does the regime value? How does the government attempt to legitimize its authority and with what success?)
Individual levelapply theories from the lectures, as applicable
Key question regarding prediction:
Will any of the influences or conditions discussed in the previous categories change in the future? With what effects?
Sources: The quality of this paper, like all papers, is closely related to the quality and quantity of sources used in its preparation. It is essential that students read a book or books on these subjects and as well as articles from quality journals such as Current History, The Economist, Foreign Affairs and The Washington Quarterly. Internet sources may supplement these sources, but they cannot replace them. Students who do not heed my advice should be prepared for severe penalties when grades as assigned.
References: References are mandatory. Footnotes are easily inserted by Microsoft Word, so please avoid the annoying parenthetical style. The first reference to a book should appear this way: Anton W. DePorte, Europe between the Superpowers: The Enduring Balance, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979), pp. 20, 26-30. The second reference to the same source could be DePorte, Europe between the Superpowers, p. 55. The first reference to an article should appear this way: David Rosenberg, The Origins of Overkill: Nuclear Weapons and American Strategy, 1945-1960, International Security 7 (Spring 1983), p. 14. Thereafter, you can say something like Rosenberg, Origins of Overkill, p. 16. Chapters in an edited volume are done similarly to articles. This format is better than the old op cit and ibid business.