Paper #4 - Balancing

Due Monday, December 1, 11:59 p.m. emailed to

Minimum 3 pages, double-spaced. 
Assignment will be marked down for each day or fraction of a day late (that is, if you send it at two minutes after midnight, it’s late). Students turning in papers containing plagiarism will fail the course.

Your paper will address the following question: In the next 10 years, will there be more or less international cooperation on important issues between the United States and China than there is today?

Sources: Your paper should refer to at least one assigned course reading, plus at least three 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 September 1, 2014. 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 issue.  

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 factors that international politics more cooperative or conflictual.
  • Analysis of factors that make larger countries more or less attractive as alliance partners.
  • Analysis of factors that make the period of American primacy more or less stable.  
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.