Chapter 12 US Foreign Policy in the Middle East . · Is

Chapter 12 US Foreign Policy in the Middle East
. ·  Is Marxism or Constructivism the best approach for explaining US foreign policy in the Middle East?
. ·  Did the OPEC Oil Embargo of 1973 represent a failure of US foreign policy in the Middle East?
. ·  What were George W. Bush’s 3 goals in his Middle East foreign policy? How successful were they?
. ·  Did the US mistake Arab nationalism for Communism?
. ·  What was the Carter doctrine and how are its effects felt today?
. ·  What is the basis of US support for Israel and why does the US continue its support? Which constituencies support Israel in US domestic politics? How much aid does the US provide to Israel annually? What are the criticisms of this policy and what are the repercussions?
. ·  What is the effect of energy and oil on US Middle East foreign policy and which theory best describes this? Will growing US energy independence change this policy?
. ·  What were the causes and effects of the 2003 Iraq war?
. ·  What effect did the Arab Spring have on Obama’s Middle East foreign policy, and how might Trump’s approach differ?
Chapter 14 US Foreign Policy in Russia
. ·  What were the priorities for US foreign policy during the break-up of the Soviet Union? How did the fall of the Soviet Union affect US grand strategy?
. ·  How did NATO Expansion and the 1999 bombing of Serbia and the 2003 Iraq War affect US Relations? What is Russia’s criticism of these and the US intervention in Libya?
. ·  What is Russia’s perception of the “Colored” revolutions in its backyard, Orange Revolution in Ukraine 2004, Rose Revolution in Georgia 2003, Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan 2005?
. ·  What were/are the common areas of US Russian interest that are fruitful for cooperation between both countries?
. ·  How did Russia React to the 2013-2014 EuroMaidan revolution in Ukraine? What did the US do in response?
. ·  What is meant by the following phrase: The United States has an asymmetry of interests in Ukraine and Syria
. ·  How has the Russian public reacted to Putin’s increased foreign military interventions? Why might these be important to Putin’s base of support and regime stability?
. ·  What structural factors have weakened the US and Western Europe in their efforts to address Russian assertiveness since 2010.
. ·  How has the Trump administration changed policy towards Russia?
. ·  What is Russian ‘grand strategy’
. ·  Are the US and Russia in a new cold war?
. ·  Should the US attempt to “contain” Russia? If so, how?
Chapter 15 US Foreign Policy in Asia
·  What was the effect of the Spanish American war on US east Asia policy?
. ·  What was the “Open Door Note”
·  What was US policy towards China after the revolution and how has this changed since? When did the US recognize Beijing and how have closer economic ties and China’s military rise affected US-Chinese relations?
·  How and why did the US and China cooperate during the Cold War?
·  What was the “Hub and Spokes” alliance and how did Obama’s “Pivot” change this?
·  What was the effect of the Vietnam War on US East Asian policy?
·  What did Obama’s “pivot” to Asia consist of? Give the specific objective and a concrete example
·  How has the US’ role in China as a security guarantor changed since the election of Trump? What could these changes mean for our regional allies such as Japan and Korea?
·  Should the United States fear or welcome China’s Rise?
·  Can the US remain a hegemon in East Asia?