Term paper

Term paper due Thursday, May 10, emailed to me by 11:59 p.m.
Yes, this is a week later than on the original syllabus.
35% of course grade.

At least 3500 words long. Cite at least 5 outside, academic sources (e.g. academic books, academic book chapters, or academic journal articles), including at least two scholarly monographs. Students turning in papers containing plagiarism will fail the course. 

I will read and comment on any draft or outline turned in before April 17.


Discuss the development of American foreign policy with respect to one particular country or issue. Explain why the United States adopted the policy it did, and explain the practical consequences of that policy.

Your topic may be anything within the scope of American foreign policy since 1945. Your topic should be broad enough to have had at least two books written on the general subject, but narrow enough to be researched within a single semester.

If you wish to propose your own topic, you must email it me by the end of Monday, March 26. Your topic may not overlap with the topic of your second paper. Otherwise, you may choose one of the following without clearing it with me first:
  • The relationship between the United States and one of the following countries over the course of 1945-2012: Chile, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Nicaragua, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea (1960 to the present), Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela.
  • The U.S. role in the development of regional organizations in Western Europe or East Asia.
  • The U.S. role in the development and operation of one of the following specialized United Nations agencies: the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Food and Agricultural Organization, the World Bank, the International Court of Justice, and the United Nations Population Fund.