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Drivers of U.S. Foreign Policy Lesson: Response Paper

Assignment 4100-A

During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the United States maintained a small military, had limited diplomatic contacts with a select few countries, and collected tariffs. But as the country developed into a world power and then a global superpower, the Federal Government increased its national security administrative capacity, foreign engagement, and global responsibilities. The seminars and lectures of NSAIS should have given you a good sense of what sustained continuity and what drove change in US foreign relations from the late 1700s to the present. This assignment requires you to assess this continuity and change using concepts of international relations.

NSAIS Research Proposal and Essay

Assignment 4100-B&C, The proposal is due 18 September and the final paper is due 4 December. 

NLT 09 November, you will submit a formal research essay proposal (brief introduction, thesis statement, outline, annotated bibliography), no more than three pages, to your Security Studies faculty member (15% of course grade). NLT 4 December, you will submit a research essay, 7-9 pages, based upon your proposal (35% of course grade).
In the proposal and follow on essay, you are free to explore any topic you may wish—with one limitation. Your topic MUST BE APPROVED by your Security Studies faculty member. Your Security Studies faculty advisor is the final word on how the acceptable scope of the paper.

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