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TOPIC: Diplomat letter
TYPE: Essay (any type)
: 08.03.2017 22:00
Prompt PROMPT: Imagine you are an American diplomat in 1970. You are part of a team sent to a strategic Third World country in hopes of making an alliance. Soviet diplomats have been there before you and have suggested to the leaders of this Third World country that the United States should not be trusted as a partner because of how Americans treat their own minority populations. You have been asked to provide a formal, written rebuttal to the Soviet claims. After giving the matter some thought, you have decided to base your rebuttal on key changes in both foreign and domestic policy over the past 50 years to convince this Third World country to join with the Americans as allies in the Cold War. You realize that you cannot simply sugarcoat things and be believable, therefore you plan to provide a thoughtful response that does admit inequities in American society in addition to discussing ongoing changes and positive policies. Note: This is a real-life situation, there was a fight for the hearts and minds of the world. The Cold War is an ideological (and sometimes hot) battle over two socio-economic/political systems and 1970 is in the heart of the Cold War. Who will be the victor was not yet clear. Most of the Third World nations courted by the United States were not European, therefore how the US treated minorities would be a cause for concern. But these nations would also have very real geopolitical considerations beyond American domestic policy to consider. The Soviet propaganda was meant as a wedge. Also remember that no nation or society is perfect, that is not what you are arguing here. In your persona as a diplomat from 1970, you are giving an honest assessment of the US, warts and all, in hopes of gaining an ally. Click here for interesting article on how the Soviet’s used our civil rights conflicts against us. ____________________________________________________________________________ Note on Successful Papers 1: Successful responses will consider a broad range of evidence in support of arguments. Take a few moments to consider how you would respond by making a list of both good and bad aspects of American society and policy. When looking at the good, ask yourself why they are good for the purposes of this rebuttal, how would non-Americans perceive things? When looking at the bad (which is what the Soviets used against us in the Cold War, as well as the Nazis in WWII, as propaganda), consider change over time. Are there groups working toward ameliorating the bad? Are public policy changes taking place, even if at a slow pace? Or is nothing being done? Admitting injustices while discussing efforts at reform may be enough to sway someone to your side. Note on Successful Papers 2: Remember what the propaganda is saying about how the US treats its non-white population. Therefore the topic of your paper should address treatment of minority populations (not women’s rights). Don’t focus on only one minority population either, this is a broad question about multiple ethnic groups. You should be looking at issues of civil rights and social justice here to counter the Soviet propaganda. This also includes how the US treats non-whites in its foreign policy (here you have a whole host of programs to look at, as well as territories under US control (hegemonic or formal), etc. Also remember that you must look at changes over time. Important HINT for organizing a successful paper: One way to organize would be along the lines of first discussing domestic socio-economic issues, followed by domestic political issues, and finally foreign policies in the era under discussion. Remember that each of these elements of the overall argument would have its own paragraph and thesis (the rule of three) Grading Guidelines The assignment is worth up to 100 points. The following factors are taken into account when we grade: THESIS – Do you have a well thought out and clear thesis in your introduction? Does it provide a roadmap for your essay? Does each paragraph of the body have its own thesis? EVIDENCE – You must have solid evidence for each point you raise in the thesis of the paragraph of the body. Evidence is not simply a statement, there must be an explanation of how that evidence supports the thesis statement. You must provide a MINIMUM of THREE pieces of evidence in support of your argument in each paragraph of the body. Example: If you were writing a paragraph on the causes of the Cold War, you might use the Baruch Plan as an example. Simply writing the Baruch Plan was a cause of the Cold War in your paragraph would not adequately support an argument and would not earn a very high grade. However, the following sentences would be analytical and earn a higher grade: One cause of the Cold War was the failure of the United States and the Soviet Union to agree upon a plan for nuclear disarmament after World War II. The Baruch Plan, presented by the US, would maintain the American atomic weapon advantage for the foreseeable future. This played into Stalin’s suspicions of the Americans’ true motivations toward the USSR. You should have a minimum of three pieces of evidence in support of the thesis for each paragraph of the body. HISTORICAL ACCURACY, CLARITY, AND LOGIC Is your argument clear and does it make sense? Is it historically accurate? Does your evidence prove your point? Do you fully analyze change over time and explain why and how the change occured? PROPER CITATION Have you properly cited? Have you used the format required in this course (modified Turabian). You must also FOOTNOTE (see information about creating a footnote in Word given at the beginning of the course). Parenthetical cites are NOT allowed. No research allowed, so no outside sources. GRAMMAR AND SPELLING Is the journal entry up to college standards for grammar and spelling?
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