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Summarize and compare the following two texts:

- Williams, Abiodun. 2017. “The Responsibility to Protect and Institutional Change.”

- Autesserre, Séverine . 2019. The Crisis of Peacekeeping. Why the UN Can’t End Wars. Foreign Affairs, January/February 2019.

Identify the core argument / conclusion for each text and some supporting ideas/facts/examples used to back it up.

Structure your paper in four parts:

1) Williams summary (300-400)

2) Autesserre summary (300-400)

3) Comparative analysis (200-300): identify common and unique elements

4) Conclusion (200-300): What do you take away from reading these two texts? What issues emerge as critical in your view? What questions do you have? What solutions do you suggest?

Length: 1000 to max 1500 words. The two summaries will likely take up a bit more than half of the length, sections 3 & 4 are probably a bit shorter.

Feel free to allocate your word allowance as you see fit.

As with the first essay, follow the same 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.

Style:

- 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.

Citations:

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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