Choose any issue relevant to the international relations of the Middle East (broadly defined as in the course contents) of current policy interest and write an argumentative essay in the style of magazines such as Foreign Policy or Foreign Affairs which identifies the issue, explains its significance, and argues for a specific course of action. Your essay should accurately convey the details of the issue, outline the issues at stake and possible policy choices, and explain why your suggested policy is the best option. You should write this as if you planned to submit it to one of those magazines for publication: your argument should be theoretically informed, but actual discussion of theory should be kept to a minimum (for example: if you want to argue that Arab states would not abandon the United States if Iran got nuclear weapons, you could mention that states tend to balance against threatening power without an extended discussion of Realism).
Since this is a topic of your choosing and addresses a current issue, unlike the first two papers you will likely need to do at least some additional reading and research beyond the course materials. I would recommend looking at reliable sources such as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist; the Monkey Cage blog, War on the Rocks, think tanks such as Brookings and Carnegie, and newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal (all available through Gelman’s portal). All such materials should be cited in footnotes with the URL at which it was accessed (in an actual submission for publication, these would be embedded as links).
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