Assignment 2.2: Policemen of the World
You have already developed a thesis statement and developed an outline in which you explored two (2) real-life international incidentsfrom the past five (5) years involving the United States as they received an elevated status as a world power. Now you will develop the final paper in which you explore your main points in detail.
Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:
-Introduce your paper with your previously crafted thesis statement.
-Identify two to three (2-3) international events from the past five years that can be traced back to a foreign policy created after the Civil War.
-Discuss three (3) aspects of US history since 1865 that has led to the US?s rise as a world super power policeman.
-Identify three to five (3-5) international incidents since World War II where America has taken on a policing role.
-Determine three to five (3-5) driving forces that fueled international policy decisions involving the international incidents you outlined previously. (Consider treaties, exit strategies, elections, wars, etc.)
-Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student?s name, the professor?s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
?Policemen of the World? Thesis and Outline Draft
1.0 Introduction and Thesis
After the Civil War and by the mid-20th century, the United States was a prevailing and influential nation in the global politics. This was enhanced by the high level of involvement in controlling the events that take place across the world. The US has been an active player in working with other international players in the processes of promoting peace and coexistence among the nations. Its large stake in a number of countries politically or economically has made the US a major player in the international politics. The high involvement of the United States in international relations has led many to argue that it to be considered as the ?policemen of the world?. ?The United States acts as the world?s police, through taking policy and practical military action/missions in war/conflict torn areas across the world, with the focus to enforce global security.??
2.0 Research Outline
Indeed, many people have argued that the US military actions in the past have presented the United States as the world?s police. In other words, it presents the US as a country, which is focused on enforcing law and order across the divide. The high involvement of the United States in the international security matters indicates the concern that the United States has had on the global security. The US is always watching out on the events occurring in influential countries globally: has its military always ready for any missions abroad. The flexibility of the military, and their positioning in major seas, and locations is an indicator that the US is watching all events occurring globally.
I would like to agree with the statement ?The United States acts as the world?s police, through taking policy and practical military action/missions in war/conflict torn areas across the world, with the focus to enforce global security.? This is because of the many military interventions that the United States has participated. The recent past has seen the United States taking an active role in various international events. Some of the events that the US has participated have led to a debate, and controversy among the American public. This is because parts of the public have not supported the US involvement while others have (Benhabib, 2008).
2.1 List three to five (3-5) international incidents since World War II where America has taken on a policing role?
There are a number of international incidences after the WWII where the United States has taken a policing role. The United States became a superpower economy and nation after the WWII. The United States had to take on a policing role to ensure that it remains in control over international events across the world. The policing role was a strategy to ensure that it is updated on what is going on across the world, on its stake, and the finest ways to arbitrate the prevailing circumstance (Cameron, 2005).
The United States has taken on a policing role through participating in events like the Iraq war and ousting of Saddam Hussein, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Afghanistan war. The participation of the US in these events has sparked controversy existed within the American public regarding U.S. involvement and within the country or countries affected by U.S. involvement.
2.2 List three (3) aspects of US history since 1865 that has led to the US?s rise as a world superpower policeman?
The three aspects of the US history that led the U.S. to rise as a world superpower police officer include:
The developments in the US Foreign policy
The Empowerment of the U.S. Presidency and Power
The development of high intelligence on global security
2.3 Determine two to three (2-3) international events from the past five years that can be traced back to a foreign policy created after the Civil War.
In the past few decades, the US has played a critical role in various international events. These events date back to a foreign policy created after the civil war. These events include the military action that the US has taken in support of a number of military missions across the world. A good example includes the Tunisian crisis where the US provided military aid comprising many of helicopters and ammunition. This was done despite the human violations, and abuse of power in the country. The other example is the Syrian conflict, where the US has come public against Syrian political unrest.
2.4 List three to five (3-5) driving forces that fueled international policy decisions involving the international incidents you outlined previously. (Consider treaties, exit strategies, elections, wars, etc.)?
In the case of Syria, the driving force that fueled the international policy decisions undertaken by the US was political unrest in the country. The political unrest in the country and increased conflict threatened peace, which affects the US due to its economic and social interests in the country. The same case happens in the context of Tunisia. Tunisia experienced political unrest, which risked the country to enter into anarchy. The challenge was that the people were against the leadership because of the threats it posed to America. This situation was getting worse, and the US had to step in through providing support to calm the situation (Cameron, 2005).
Benhabib, S. (2008). US Foreign Policy; The legitimacy of human rights. Daedalus, Vol. 137, Issue 3, p. 94-104.
Cameron, F. (2005). US Foreign Policy After The Cold War. London: Routledge.
Kerstin, M. (2004). Security and Human rights; less liberty for greater security? Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 42, No. 27, p. 14-20.
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