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;;;POL 210: Introduction to International Relations
Midterm Examination – Spring 2015
Due: In class W March 4th – Total Possible Points: 100

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Instructions: This exam is open-book and open notes. You may use your text, readings, and any materials we have used in class. You should cite to the actual readings, not to the PPTs. You may not use the Internet or any material that we have not used in class. Type your answers under each question. Each question is worth 25 points. You should aim for an answer that is not longer than 750 words, so do not waste time on jargon and get to the point. Please proofread and edit your paper, as there will be deductions taken for grammar and spelling mistakes. Use in-text citations to cite your sources. This exam is due in class on Wednesday, March 4th. Late work will not be accepted and will receive a grade of 0.

1. Analyze the U.S.’s decision to enter Iraq in 2003 from the international, state, and individual levels of analysis. Define each level of analysis as you proceed. How did each of these perspectives inform the U.S.’s decision? What was the role of public opinion in influencing that decision?

The international state of analysis involves the system in which a state resides as a whole. As described by the billiard ball model “International relations are shaped exclusively by the structure of the international system and the external interactions of the states within that model” (Pg. 71). This means that the U.S. made the decision on an international level because of the theory that Iraq had the potential to produce and use nuclear weapons. If Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) this would upset the hypothetical billiard table of states and bring a potential shift in power. Given the recent attack on 9/11 and also the fragility of the Middle East, this power shift was a dangerous one that…...

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