Summarize a situation that required U.S. diplomatic efforts during the president’s time in office.

Select a president from the table, “Presidents and Their ‘Doctrines,’” in Roskin, Chapter 4. Then write a 3-5 page paper on the doctrine that president used according to Roskin. Your research must include at least four (4) credible sources, apart from your textbook. Your paper must address the following:

  1. Summarize a situation that required U.S. diplomatic efforts during the president’s time in office.
  2. Explicate the diplomatic doctrine the president followed, with reference to specific actions or events that occurred.
  3. Describe the effects of these diplomatic efforts for the U.S. and other countries.
  4. Assess, in conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages of the particular doctrine that was followed.
  5. Cite at least four (4) reputable sources in addition to the textbook, not including Wikipedia, encyclopedias, or dictionaries.

Your assignment must:

  • 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.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:


  • Identify the cultural, economic, and political context of information resources, and interpret information in light of that context.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in international problems.
  • Write clearly and concisely about international problems using proper writing mechanics.

What I Look For In a Research Paper


I want you to do well on this first assignment, but there are some rules you must follow, so this is what I am going to be looking for in your research paper, due at the end of week 4.

If you really want to do a good job on this then you MUST write from an outline, and if you’re unsure of how to write one, there are plenty of sites on the Internet.  In addition, I will be happy to look at yours as well as your draft of the paper before you submit it, so please call me with any questions.

  1. If you do not submit assignment 1, you automatically lose 14 percent.  If you fail to submit both assignments 1 and 2, you automatically lose 28 percent.  That’s three letter grades, which means that the highest grade you can receive in the course is a C, even if you get 100 percent on every other assessment.


  1. Your title must be the same as the assignment topic.  EXACTLY the same.


  1. Omit photographs and art work, but if you include graphs or tables, then you must explain them.


  1. Don’t begin with a history of the country or where it’s located or its main industries, agriculture, population, etc.  Get right to the point.


  1. Do not use any phrases that begin with “I think  . . .” or “In my opinion . . .” or “I knew someone who . . .”  This is a research paper, not an opinion piece.


  1. If you list a reference in the bibliography, it must be cited as a source in the text of the paper.  Ten references = ten citations in APA.


  1. Do not list URL (web) addresses either in the bibliography or as citations in the text.  Use the author’s name and date of publication.


  1. Do not quote long paragraphs, because they take up too much space.  Use few lines only and then paraphrase the rest.



Choose from the following:


President Kennedy 1961-1963 Respond flexibly to communist expansion, especially to guerilla warfare.

President Nixon 1969-1974 Supply weapons but not troops to countries fighting off communism.

President Reagan 1981-1989 Sponsor anticommunist guerillas who are trying to overthrow pro-Soviet regimes.

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