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Assignment 3: America as Superpower-Confrontation in a Nuclear Age (1947-Present)

In Assignment 3, we ask you to write about America's international superpower role for the long period since World War II to the present using a Writing Guide provided in Blackboard. Your paper must use a minimum of three sources from the list provided below.

Your first step to completing this paper is to pick your topic. Below you will find two lists; one refers to Cold War period (1947-1990) examples of confrontation and one list provides examples of confrontations occurring in the Post-Cold War period (1991-Present). Each example will involve a specific strategic concern and confrontation. Review the examples below and choose one strategic concern and one confrontation from each time period to focus on in your paper. Once you have chosen your examples, review the sources noted below.

Be sure to review the other help (documents or video) provided by your instructor. For information on the SWS format, see the "Strayer Writing Standards" tab on the course menu.

Cold War period (1947-1990) possible examples - choose one strategic concern and one confrontation that illustrates that concern:

Cold War strategic concerns: Containment, Domino Theory, "MAD Doctrine"

Cold War confrontations: Berlin Airlift; Korean War; Vietnam War; Cuban Missile Crisis

Post-Cold War period (1991-Present) possible examples - choose one strategic concern and one confrontation that illustrates that concern:

Post-cold War strategic concerns: Terrorism, Rogue States; WMD

Post-Cold War confrontations: First Persian Gulf War; Invasion of Afghanistan; Invasion of Iraq;

Bombing of Libya (2011)

Sources: Schultz, p. 462-7, 485-8, 499-506, 535-540, 560-7.

Besides the Schultz text, you must use any two (or more) of the following sources that relates to your paper:

George H. W. Bush. March 6, 1991. Address before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Cessation of the Persian Gulf Conflict. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/bushnwo.html

B. Caplan. Sept. 9, 2019. The Domino Theory Reconsidered. https://www.econlib.org/the-domino-theory-reconsidered/

S. Chace. Summer, 2015. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Leadership as Disturbance, Informed by History. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=109462818&site=eds-live&scope=site

Winston Churchill. March, 1946. Iron Curtain Speech, Fulton College, Missouri. https://winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/1946-1963-elder-statesman/the-sinews-of-peace/

John F. Dulles. January 2, 1954. Secretary Dulles' Strategy of Massive Retaliation. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/dulles.html


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