Due a week from Thursday
4 pages (be concise); double spaced
Identify an important problem
Propose and defend a policy derived from
– Well argued, logical defense of a policy
– NOT a polemic!!!
Democratic peace examples
Causality arguments imply
If a dictator took over Canada, would
the US militarize and/or worry about
If Iraq becomes a democracy, will
Israeli-Iraqi relations get better?
Why do states trade? Comparative
Kant argued that commerce does not exist
side by side with war. Hurting you is
But neorealism pointed out some good
reasons why cooperation (and trade
requires cooperation) is difficult. How can
states cooperate economically?
What is an intergovernmental organization?
How IGOs lead to peace:
– Coercing norm-breakers. Overcomes collective
action problems with punishment
– Mediate conflict among parties.
– Transparency. Reduce uncertainty and relay
– International institutions are irrelevant.
Interdependence has no effect
– Security trumps all else
– Waltz points out that there was very high
interdependence before WWI
– International institutions and trade are set up to
benefit the more powerful countries
– LDCs and infant industries can be disadvantaged
Come up with a research design to
test your group’s particular aspect of
The “data bank” is open
How will you differentiate between the
effect of democracy, trade, and