Due Tues. before class on each week you choose (4 weeks)

Through course Blackboard page (Journal tab), submit a written journal entry of approximately 300 words each for four class weeks of your choice from weeks 2 to 15 (except test weeks 7 & 12) that includes the following:

1. Comments on at least two of the assigned readings for that week, including (for each):

a) a statement of the main argument (or main issues if your textbook)

b) your reaction to the argument

c) some point(s) you found interesting.

Be sure to indicate which readings you are commenting on; authors (and page numbers if relevant) will suffice. Assigned reading from your textbook may be one of the two readings you comment on. In addition to assigned reading, you may include comments on or reactions to other course materials that week if you wish.

2. Two or more numbered questions you have based on what you read. These may be any of the following:

– informational questions (for example regarding points or terms that were unclear or not fully explained)

– philosophical/discussion questions

– questions you might want to explore in the future

– questions or statements applying or connecting a concept or point raised in readings to a recent government policy, action, or international event.

Be sure these are your own questions, not those stated in your chapter summaries or elsewhere. Indicate which reading (and page number if applicable) inspired each question. You are also encouraged to raise your questions in class.

Your journals will be shared only with your instructor. Your grade for this assignment will be based primarily on your fulfillment of the requirements above and your demonstrated effort to learn and critically think about the material. In order to receive credit for a week, your entries must be completed before Tuesday’s class when the assigned readings will begin to be discussed. Before submitting posts, carefully read over your work to check for errors and clarity. Although your journal will be graded primarily on content, credit will be lost for sloppy work (e.g. typos) or unclearly written statements that make it difficult to evaluate the content. Posts that cannot be understood will not receive credit. Review the “Writing refresher” PowerPoint posted on the course Blackboard Assignment page for tips on writing clearly and fixing common grammatical errors.

The purpose of this assignment is to both facilitate and demonstrate your understanding of the course material and its application through reflection, critical thinking, and writing. You will also enhance your learning by seeking answers to your questions (whether in class or on your own). This assignment addresses a number of the course learning objectives and partially fulfills the university GE writing requirement.

Journal 1:

Week 5: Allies, Arms, Threats, and War

Class topics: power distribution, hegemony, alliances

Read for class:

· Goldstein, p.49-54 (“Alliances”), p. 112-113 (on causes of war), & p. 158-160 (“States and Militaries”)

· John J. Mearsheimer, “Don’t Arm Ukraine,” op-ed, New York Times, Feb. 8, 2015.

· Robert Jervis, “The Compulsive Empire,” Foreign Policy no. 137 (2003): 83-87.

· Niall Ferguson, “A World without Power,” Foreign Policy, Oct. 27, 2009. (5 pgs.)

· Nick Bryant, “The Decline of US Power?” BBC, 10 July 2015,

Journal 2:

Week 6: New Threats to Security?

Class topics: the clash of civilizations thesis – the West vs. Islam?; traditional vs. human security; cyberattacks, drones, & the future of security


· Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations,” Foreign Affairs 72, no. 3 (summer 1993): 22-49.

· Kofi Annan, “‘In Larger Freedom’: Decision Time at the UN,” Foreign Affairs 84, no. 3 (May/June 2005): 63-74.

· Geoff Dyer and Joseph Menn, “US takes aim at China and Russia over cyberattacks,” Financial Times, 3 Nov. 2011.

· Andrea Shalal-Esa, “Cyber-attacks ‘bought us time’ on Iran: U.S. sources,” Reuters, 2 Jun 2012.

· Ellen Nakashima, “As cyberwarfare heats up, allies turn to U.S. companies for expertise,” Washington Post, Nov. 22, 2012.

optional for 2/16:

· Ayaan Hirsi Ali, “A Problem from Heaven: Why the United States Should Back Islam’s Reformation” Foreign Affairs (July/Aug. 2015): 36-45.

· William McCants, “Islamic Scripture Is Not the Problem: And Funding Muslim Reformers Is Not the Solution,” Foreign Affairs (July/Aug. 2015): 46-52. 

Journal 3:

Week 9: Liberalism; Democracy & Foreign Policy

Class topics: liberalism, democracy, democratic peace theory

Read for class:

· Goldstein, p. 63- 71 (“Liberal Traditions”)

· Goldstein, p. 164-167 (“Liberalism and Mercantilism”)

· Condoleezza Rice, “The Promise of Democratic Peace: Why Promoting Freedom Is the Only Realistic Path to Security,” Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2005.

· John M. Owen IV, “Iraq and the Democratic Peace,” Foreign Affairs 84, no. 6 (2005): 122-127.

Journal 4:

Week 14: International Economic Relations, Globalization, & Poverty]

Class topics: the “global South”/developing countries, development, population, health, women, migration, poverty, economic inequality, debt, foreign aid

· ONLINE class & graded quiz on Population, Poverty, & the North-South Divide: log in to Blackboard and click on Assignmentsfor instructions(must be completed by 4/20 at 5:00 p.m.)

Read for class:

· Goldstein, “The State of the South” (p. 259-271)

· Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “In Global Battle on AIDS, Bush Creates Legacy,” New York Times, 5 Jan. 2008.

Read for class:

· Goldstein, p. 271-295 (“Imperialism,” “Development Experiences,” & “North-South Capital Flows”)

· Rena Ravinder,“Globalization Still Hurting Poor Nations,” Africa Economic Analysis (January 2008).