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Please gather and organize your knowledge from the four units we’ve covered in whole or in
part during the first half of the semester (International Relations and Globalization; Realist
Theories; Liberal Theories; and the Constructivism discussed in our Social Theories unit) and
apply it to writing answers to each of the following three question-prompts. You will find more
detailed instructions below the question-prompts.
Question 1 (30 points):
Assume that global warming is man-made and is a threat to human survival on the planet. Why
is countering global warming considered an example of a collective goods problem? Based on
what you have learned, in what ways could you apply the principles of dominance, identity, and
reciprocity to help states reduce their greenhouse emissions? What factors related to
globalization do see as helping and hindering global efforts to counter global warming?
Question 2 (30 points):
The wisdom as to realism has evolved over the past two decades, especially as to the balance
of power and security structures from the Cold War that we still see today in the twenty-first
century. Please discuss and draw conclusions as to the following questions:
A. As to the balance of power, which arrangement is the most stable for keeping the peace
in the international system? Is it the bi-polarity of the Cold War period or is it the
enduring (American) uni-polarity of our current era? Discuss and justify your answer.
B. Are Cold War-era structures like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and
America’s security alliance with Japan relevant in today’s globalized era of seemingly
durable peace? Discuss what these structures are, why they came about, and why you
think they’ve endured to today. Finally, discuss their relevance today and justify whether
or not they should be dismantled in some way.
Question 3 (40 points):
Since World War II, there has been a significant decline in armed conflict between nation-states.
As proof, the statistics in a bar graph presented in lecture showed that the number of battle
deaths has declined significantly, especially since the end of the Cold War in the period from
1989-1991. How can this phenomenon (of a decline in armed conflict) be explained from the
realist, liberal, and constructivist viewpoints? That is, how does each theory account for the
relative peace and stability in the 70-plus years since 1945, especially in the period after
1989-1991 and the end of the Cold War? In the end, which theoretical explanation do you find to
be most convincing?
Instructions
A. Your answers should not exceed six (6) double-spaced, typed pages in length. That’s six
pages for your entire submission, not per question. Use no smaller than 1-inch margins
all around. Use a standard font in either 11- or 12-point.
B. You should focus primarily on our course readings and the course lectures as your
sources. However, where you feel it can be helpful, you are encouraged to cite some
real world examples in answering the questions.
C. Sources and citations:
a. As to the course readings, please cite simply to “Textbook” or to the author of the
supplementary piece.
b. For lectures, cite simply as “Course lecture, .” If you are unsure of the date,
simply cite to “Course lecture, [topic].”
c. For any outside sources, please use a recognized citation standard (Chicago
Style, APA, MLA, etc.). Use either in-text citation or end notes.
d. Please note that you don’t need to cite any outside sources to write a superior
exam. The option is included for your benefit. In all, your exam should be
overwhelmingly based on what we’ve discussed in class and what appears in our
readings.
D. In answering these prompts, please begin with a discussion of the relevant theory where
it is called for. So, in questions that pertain to theory, make sure that you show the
reader in a direct way that you understand the relevant theory by starting off with a
discussion of the relevant theory. Set the table for the reader in terms of the theory. If
required to hew to the page requirements or for other purposes that you deem useful,
you may cite back to your discussion in any part of the exam. That is, if you don’t want to
reproduce relevant discussion given in a prior answer, you don’t have to do so, but
instead direct the reader back to it.
See attachments for lecture slides.
Textbook is Goldstein, Joshua S. and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2019. International Relations, 12thEdition. New York: Pearson Longman

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