Rubric. IR Reaction Papers. The object of these 2-page, double-spaced papers is

Rubric. IR Reaction Papers.
The object of these 2-page, double-spaced papers is to identify the central issues that the readings for each corresponding section address and locate the authors’s positions vis-a-vis those issues. Once you’ve done this, you should then formulate an argument about one of these themes and make this the basis of your thesis.
Here are some basic questions you might seek to base your argument on:
What is one of the central issues at stake across this set of readings, and where do I stand on that?
Are there particular theoretical or empirical strengths or weaknesses of the studies?
How valuable and viable are the theories that this group of readings proposes?
Your paper should neither be a summary of the readings nor critical commentary on them. Rather, you should formulate an argument unique to one of the above topics and support your case based on theory and empirical examples.
You should NOT lead/start sentences with author names. Two examples of what not to do:
Waltz discussed levels of analysis. He wrote that….
In Waltz’s chapters, he wrote that…
Here is an example of what you should do:
In this essay, I argue that attention to the levels of analysis has produced a flawed understanding of the causes of war. Scholars who have separated the levels of analysis do so because they have found flaws with each level (e.g., Waltz), but if one combines the levels of analysis one uses each level’s strengths and overcomes each level’s weaknesses (e.g., Kissinger).
Evaluating Your Essays.
The papers will be evaluated according to the effectiveness and insight with which you synthesize the principal issues raised by the readings while making an original argument based upon one of these central themes. You obviously cannot make an argument about each of the conceivable issues raised by the set of readings from class, so you should concentrate on what is the most important aspect of the readings to your argument.
You do not need to (and should not) consult any outside works for this assignment. If the event that you do, you are to cite these works using the style guide below — and produce a bibliography. Otherwise, you may simply state each author’s name in parentheses at the end of each appropriate sentence. In the latter case, there is no need for a bibliography since I know where to find the works I’ve assigned.
Both the mechanics and the content of a paper are important. You will be graded on how good a job you do of applying the relevant literature to your case and the quality of your research (note: research does not have to be in-depth, but the use of empirical examples is encouraged), as well as other important aspects of scholarly writing, including a clear introduction with a strong thesis statement, a coherent theme and structure, well-structured paragraphs (including topic sentences), proper documentation of sources, correct usage and grammar, et cetera.
Citations & Style.
Only for if you consult outside sources: You are allowed to use one of two citation styles. The first is the conventional footnote format, with a note in the text and the reference in an accompanying footnote or endnote. This is the style used in the Huntington book. The second style is the embedded citation format (sometimes known as MLA format), where the author and page number are placed in parentheses at the end of the sentence. A bibliography should also accompany the paper.
Papers must be typed or word-processed (Word.doc, Word.docx). Be sure to proofread and spell-check the paper, and to number the pages. There should be a title page with the title of the paper, your name, the name of the course, and the date on the cover-sheet.
Due Dates.
Paper 3: Norms & Institutions (due Dec. 10)