Political Sciences

Prompt: Very briefly explain what you think are the main reasons that the US and Iraqi
governments did not reach a negotiated agreement prior the 2003 wars.
Instructions/tips: Your answer should be 3-4 paragraphs (350-400 word count) 3-4
well-constructed paragraphs means that it will not work well to try to do a “data dump” of
everything you think that might possibly be relevant. Rather, answer the specific question
concisely and clearly, making a small number of well-chosen points. If appropriate, illustrate
with an example or two. I have included a list of the class readings. You should use these
readings to answer the prompt and provide evidence for your claims. No outside research is
allowed to answer this prompt. Please use parenthetical citations (author name, page #)

Class Readings:
Jeffry A. Frieden, David A. Lake, and Kenneth A. Schultz, World Politics: Interests,
Interactions, and Institutions (4th edition, W. W. Norton, 2018). = FLS
● FLS, chapter 1, “What Shaped Our World?” (pages 2-41).
● Thucydides, “The Melian Dialogue,” in History of the Peloponnesian War, chapter 17.
● Robert Jackson and Carl Rosberg, “Why Africa’s Weak States Persist: The Empirical and
the Juridical in Statehood,” World Politics 35, 1 (October 1982), 1-24.
● Scott D. Sagan and Kenneth N. Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring
Debate (Norton 2003), chapters 1, 2, 4 and 5. For chapters 4 and 5, focus on the
subsections that address terrorism (you can skim the rest of 4 and 5, or treat as
● Marc Trachtenberg, “The Future of the Western Alliance: An Historian’s View.”
Manuscript, August 2004.
● James D. Fearon, “The Nuclear Revolution, International Politics and U.S. Foreign
Policy,” unpublished note.
● FLS, Chapter 4, “Domestic Politics and War”, only sections “Why Don’t Democracies
Fight One Another?” and “Conclusion.” 11
● Joslyn N. Barnhart, Robert F. Trager, Elizabeth Saunders, and Allan Dafoe, “Women’s
Suffrage and the Democratic Peace,” Foreign Affairs 18 August 2020.
● Colin Kahl, “Aftershocks: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the New World Order,” War
on the Rocks 10 April 2020.
● Daniel Drezner, “The Song Remains the Same: International Relations After Covid-19,”
International Organization (2020), 1-18.
● FLS, Chapter 14, pages 606-619 (“Will China and the United States Fight for Global
● John Mearsheimer, “Can China Rise Peacefully?”

● Charles Glaser, “Will China’s Rise Lead to War?” Foreign Affairs 90, 2 (March/April
● James D. Fearon, “Civil War and the Current International System,” Daedalus 146,


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