The Scenario In this assignment, you are an aide to the President of the United States. Part of your job is to provide him with information he requests. The president had lunch with a political scholar from Harvard University who mentioned a thesis espoused by Samuel Huntington that predicted the “clash of civilizations.”
The president was not familiar with the thesis and would like some background information on it, as well as your opinion on the thesis, including whether you think it is valuable and why.
The President doesn’t have a lot of time and would like a concise 1-2 page memo on the topic.
The Expectations The memo should be 1-2 pages and you should use this Memo to the President Template. You should research Samuel Huntington’s thesis that predicts the “clash of civilizations” and include at least two sources in your bibliography. It is expected that you will clearly define what the “clash of civilizations” is and why it is relevant. Finally, you must form an opinion on whether you feel that the “clash of civilizations” is valuable and why. You must provide your opinion in the memo. Try to be as specific as possible about how you think the President should proceed.
The Directions 1. Use the textbook, the library, and the Internet to research Samuel Huntington’s “clash of the civilizations.” 2. Download and review the rubric to better understand what is expected of you. 3. Using this Memo to the President Template, write a 1-2 page memo. Be sure to include in-text citations and an APA-formatted Bibliography with at least 2 sources. 4. When you are done, submit the memo to the Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 PM (MT).\
Research To get you started, here are some suggested sources. You should feel free to find and use other outside sources, as well. Don’t forget about your textbook.
Suggested Sources This is your textbook!
◦Boyer, Mark, Hudson, Natalie, and Butler, Michael. Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World (1st Edition). McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 9780078024818. (pages 152-153, 228, 270, 483) ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Other sources that can be used ◦Huntington, Samuel P. 1993. “The clash of civilizations?” Foreign Affairs, 72/3:56–73. ◾Note: Includes an audio recording of the essay.
◦Huntington, Samuel P. 1996. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. New York: Simon & Schuster. ◦Sen, A. (2006, March 29). What clash of civilizations? Retrieved December 8, 2014. ◦The Clash of civilizations summary. (2013, June 30). ◦Beeson, M. (2014, August 8). Was the ‘Clash of civilizations’ wrong? ◦(2013). A look back at a predicted ‘Clash of Civilizations.’ In All Things Considered. National Public Radio. ◦Kone, A. (2013). America’s misguided ‘war on terror:’ Contrasting Samuel Huntington’s clash of civilizations with Ibn Khaldun’s theory of social solidarity. Student Pulse.
Citations and APA Guidelines Finally, be sure to properly cite your sources, including in-text citations and a bibliography. Check out Purdue’s OWL for APA basics.
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