global 172 essay


Summarize and compare the following two texts:

- Malone, David M. and Adam Day. 2020. The UN at 75. How Today’s Challenges Will Shape the Next 25 Years. In: Global Governance. Volume 26: Issue 2, 236–250.

- Acharya, Amitav and Dan Plesch. 2020. “The United Nations: Managing and Reshaping a Changing World Order. Global Governance. Vol. 26, 221-235.

1) Read the two texts carefully. Discuss the main argument and concluding thoughts for each text, and identify a few supporting ideas/facts/examples used to back it up. What do you find most important/interesting about the article?

2) Compare the two texts. In what ways do they share a similar assessment, in what ways do they differ? Conclude with your own take on the subject matters discussed.

Structure your paper in four parts:

1) First summary

2) Second summary

3) Comparative analysis: identify common and unique elements

4) Conclusion: synthesize your own conclusion. What do you take away from reading these two texts? What issues emerge as critical in your view? What questions do you have?

Total essay length: 1000 to max 1400 words. The two summary sections will likely take up most space, section 3 & 4 could possibly be collapsed into one shorter segment.

Follow these guidelines:

- Put your name at the top of the page.

- Note word count in the upper right corner of the page.

- Try to stick to the word count. If you end up above it, edit it down: delete, rephrase, condense, consolidate. It will make your writing better.

- Put the full bibliographical reference at the top of each summary.


- Clearly organize your argument, avoid repetition.

- Avoid statements like “I agree with the author” without explaining why.

- Generally avoid fillers like “I think” “I believe”. This is your analysis; it is understood that what you write is your take on these readings.


Use direct quotes very sparingly and generally paraphrase in your own words. When you use a direct quote, reference it with page number. Such as: Nye concludes that “the open international system has served the United States well.” (p. 2).

Grading: You will be graded

- on your ability to succinctly identify key issues addressed by the two authors,

- on your ability to bring out common themes and differences in your final analysis,

- on organization, clarity of writing, and grammar (Have someone read through your work particularly if you are not a native speaker!)

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