POTUS Project Proposal

This activity is an opportunity for you to play the role of an expert regarding a single foreign policy issue and offer your best advice to the President of the United States (POTUS). Take into consideration the complexity of political, economic, cultural, religious, ideological differences, etc. when crafting a foreign policy. It is strongly suggested that you use the library database at the start of the semester to begin researching a topic. This assignment requires careful planning throughout the semester. Refer to the course calendar for the specific due date. The final draft is to be submitted via the submission guidelines identified by the instructor, which is through the Turn It In dropbox. There are four steps to completing this project: Step 1: Select a critical issue in the US foreign policy relationship with another country. Try to pick a country of personal interest, which should help motivate your research efforts. Then, identify strategies that could be used to improve those efforts. Select a topic from the recommended list. If you choose your own topic it will need to be pre-approved BEFORE you submit a proposal. You may ask about your topic via email BEFORE the proposal is due. Below is a list of SUGGESTED topics. This is by no means an exhaustive list, you may select any other topic of your interest that adheres to the assignment guidelines. You may choose one of the following topics: US foreign policy regarding counter-terrorism in Yemen US foreign policy regarding Russian military aggression US foreign policy regarding N. Korea’s nuclear program US foreign policy regarding trade with Cuba US foreign policy regarding the spread of disease in Nigeria US foreign policy regarding economic development in Mexico US foreign policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran US foreign policy regarding military aid to Israel Optional: You may submit a topic and country of your own choice for approval. Step 2: Conduct research to locate a minimum of three (3) peer-reviewed articles published in an academic journal (aka scholarly sources) using the following criteria: MUST USE https://twu.edu/library/ for all articles as well as below requirements The article must be less than ten years old and a minimum of five pages in length. Carefully choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on the topic. For current events information relevant to your topic, you may use newspaper articles, magazine articles, government publications, and other reliable sources as “supplemental sources.” That is, in addition to the 3 scholarly sources. Textbooks, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias (including Wikipedia), Almanacs, or an Atlas are reference materials and should not be listed in any works cited page on the collegiate level. Properly document your sources in your memo and on the works cited page. Step 3: Submit a proposal via dropbox by the date specified in the course calendar. A proposal is a first draft of what you INTEND to do. It is not separate from the final project. You should build your final project FROM what you did on your proposal. Read Carefully: Your proposal must identify your topic, give a good introduction of its importance, provide the history of the policy you are writing about, the pros and cons of your choices in that policy, and a conclusion. Consider the Proposal assignment to be the first draft of your final project. It ensures that you are on the right track. As such, you are not being asked to start fresh for the final project. Build on your proposal, incorporate your feedback, and if approved, move forward to crafting your final document. Your proposal should be roughly 300 original words separate from your Works Cited page listing in the MLA format of the 3 primary sources and any supplemental sources you will use. Failure to submit a proposal will result in the assignment is incomplete. Please be KNOWLEDGABLE about your topic PRIOR to submitting your proposal. For example, Immigration is NOT an appropriate issue for this assignment as it is not a specific policy we take part in conjunction with another country, rather it is a decision on who to admit within our own borders. Step 4: Prepare a formal policy memo for the President of the United States (POTUS). Your document should explain how the President can take your advice and put it into action. This document should articulate the relevance of the issue, the current policy position (citing the supporting evidence), and conclude with suggested reforms. The memo is to be 1000 original words. To ensure you meet the word count, remove all cited information (quotes and paraphrasing) from your document. Without any of these, you should have 1000 words. If you submit a document with citations that is 1000 words that will be too short as this shows you did not have enough original content OR did not use your sources in the body of your text. You must use your sources and cite them in-text according to MLA guidelines. Do no use block quotations but otherwise use your sources wisely and cite them where you do. Failure to meet the minimum writing requirement or missing scholarly sources will result in a zero for the entire assignment You may view an example of what a memo should look like by visiting The Owl at Purdue site. Finally, add a cover page to the front of the document with word count, and include the works cited page at the end. Submit all pages together as one file to the appropriate dropbox.

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