Paper #2 - War

Due September 29, by midnight at the end of the day, emailed to

You must meet with me to show me an outline of your paper before you turn it in.

Minimum 2 pages, double-spaced.

Assignment will be marked down for each day or fraction of a day late. 

Students turning in papers containing plagiarism will fail the course.

Your paper will address the following question: In the next 2 years, will there be a war between The United States and Iran?

Sources: Your paper should refer to at least one assigned course reading plus at least two articles from mainstream news sources (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, BBC, Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, etc.). The news sources you use must have been published after August 1, 2019. There is no need to research more extensive background material from books, government documents, etc. 

Sources must be cited properly, using a consistent citation format (e.g. MLA, APA, or Chicago).

This assignment asks you to apply concepts from the course to a particular, real-world conflict. To answer the question, you need to focus on both the causes of war and the strategies that countries use to try to get what they want from each other. 

Grades will be based on three things:
  • Writing. The paper must have a clear thesis, stated early. The rest of the paper should contain facts and logic that support the thesis, and should properly cite sources.
  • Analysis of conflict and bargaining. What do the U.S. and Iran each want? How do states bargain with each other to get what they want? 
  • Analysis of war. Of the factors that contribute to war and peace, which ones apply to the U.S. and Iran and why?
There is, of course, no one right answer to any of these questions; you will be graded on the thoughtfulness of your analysis. You should make a specific prediction in the paper, not advocate a particular policy. In other words, explain what countries will do, not what you think they should do.