Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
In roughly 2000 words, address the following:
According to Gelvin and the relevant lecture material, what were the underlying causes of the Arab revolts of 2011? What explains the different results in Tunisia and Egypt, on the one hand, and Syria and Yemen, on the other?
Due by 11:59pm Monday May 9th via email, in a .doc or .docx file.
In roughly 2500 words, compare the Cold War (CW) and the War Against Terror (WAT) in general terms, and specifically compare the wars in Afghanistan and Vietnam.
How were the CW and WAT similar? Are there any important differences? Was the Vietnam war fought in ways comparable to the war in Afghanistan? How so? Here you might focus on high-altitude bombing, counter-insurgency, training of local armed forces (“Vietnamization”), crimes against humanity, the conduct of the Vietnamese and Afghan allies, etc.
There is no need to do any research beyond those materials assigned for class, for the relevant weeks.
Due May 6 by 11:59pm, via email and in .doc or .docx files.
GOV 291 Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions Spring 2016
In roughly 1500 words (not many fewer than that), address the following.
Watch the film “The Motorcycle Diaries,” and discuss the formative experiences of Che Guevara in the light of the aims and achievements of the Cuban Revolution (as discussed in Chapter 5 of the DeFronzo book). Also include at least three of Guevara’s writings on this page. What were Guevara’s main social concerns, and where did they develop, according to the film? How are they reflected in his writings? How are they reflected in the aims and achievements of the Cuban Revolution?
Due Monday April 18 in class. Emailed papers not accepted. For more information on how your paper will be graded, see this link.
In roughly 750 words, due in class on Tuesday March 29th, address the following question.
In the debate between Hitchens, Galston and Weigel, which are the most and least convincing points made by each?
In the early 1970s, the Black Panther Party split into two factions. The reformist wing was led by Huey Newton, and the revolutionary wing by Eldridge Cleaver.
Using the readings from Weeks 4-6, write a dialogue of roughly 1750 words (include the word count) between Newton and Cleaver, dated in roughly 1970, which focuses on how to interpret Marx.
Address the following points:
- What are the specific circumstances that the black community faces that need to be changed? 2. Is the proper and most effective interpretation of Marx the one offered by Lenin and the other revolutionaries? Or by those reformers who believed that oppression and exploitation could be solved peacefully, working within the existing system? 3. What are the drawbacks of each approach? 4. Which strategy is most likely to work to the benefit of the black people?
Be sure to use all the relevant readings and address all the points above. Due Monday March 21st in class.
PO 355 U.S. Foreign Policy
Due March 15th, in class
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