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Perspectives on America’s Role Globally

Question #1
What comes to mind when you think about the role of the United States in the world? Draw a picture or write a short sentence or two describing your thoughts.



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Question # 2
Summarize the opposing positions of Stacy Bannerman and Richard Perle on the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Examine each of these arguments and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Who do you believe makes the strongest arguments and why?


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Question #3
Since World War II, the United States has practiced a foreign policy of confronting and pre-empting perceived threats in the name of fighting evil governments or movements. Review the foreign policy choices made by the United States in the past 60 years and discuss their benefits and consequences.


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Question #4
Discuss the foreign policies of unilateralism and multilateralism and reflect on how the United States has employed these policies during its history. Discuss the application and impact of these policies in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq on the United States and the people of these countries. What should the United States consider when implementing these policies in the future?

Question #5
Many U.S. citizens perceive their country’s role in the world as a promoter of freedom and justice. Yet, this image of the United States is not held by many people around the world. Identify current policies of the U.S. government that contradict the rhetoric of promoting freedom and democracy. How can the United States do a better job of improving its image to the rest of the world?

 

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