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Assignment Instructions

General Instructions
The final assignment will test comprehension and mastery of CO-4 and CO-5. 

CO-3: Distinguish how the theories of liberalism, realism, and constructivism have been incorporated within the international system.
CO-5: Evaluate the ability of the United Nations to work with regional organizations in peacekeeping initiatives.

Specific Instructions


For the final assignment, you will address the following question:

Over the last weeks we encountered several IR theories. Let's consider a sampling of three: socialization (which falls under constructivism), realism (as discussed by Mearsheimer), and neoliberal institutionalism (as discussed in Haftel and Thompson (2006), for example, or Hurd's introduction, which is attached. This is not an exhaustive list of the readings to use). Your objective is to apply each theory to an IGO of your choice (the UN Security Council is recommended to address CO-5). The goal is not to identify which one is "best" or "right," but to use each one as a tool for analyzing the IGO and to compare what insights they allow or what limitations they entail. Do not conduct outside research, but use as many of the class readings as you can. The goal is to synthesize your readings and show that you've completed and comprehended them. Also, do not recycle content from forums or your research paper; the essay should be a new composition. 

To address the question, compose an essay of no fewer than 7 and no more than 10 pages (double spaced). You do not need to conduct outside research and should concentrate on using the course readings to display that you've completed them and understand their general arguments.

All references must be cited in Chicago/Turabian format, which means including page numbers. Be sure to make a clear thesis statement and argument and use examples to support your analysis.

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