Should the United States “police” the world?

Position Paper: Should the United States “police” the world?

Students will take a position on the question “Should the United States “police” the world?  This paper must include an introduction to the idea of the U.S. being a world policeman and end with an underlined thesis that clearly asserts the position and should include the following examples to justify their thesis:

  • Examples of at least three policing actions from 1865 – 1980.  Provide a brief overview of the action.  Evaluate whether the action was necessary and examine the consequences of the actions.  (each action should be its own paragraph)
  • Examples of at least three policing actions from 1981 – present.  Provide a brief overview of the action.  Evaluate whether the action was necessary and examine the consequences of the actions. (each action should be its own paragraph)

 

Paper Requirements:

  • 3-5 pages (not counting title page and references)
  • A minimum of four academic sources (at least 2 must be primary sources)

 

Organize your paper as follows:

 

Introduction paragraph

  • Provide a brief overview explanation of the U.S. as a police power in the world.  End your introduction with your thesis statement.  Avoid using first person (I, me, we etc.).  Your thesis can be as follows:  The United States should/should not be a policing power in the world because _______________________(and then list your reasons).

 

Body Paragraphs:

  • Here you will have a MINIMUM of 6 body paragraphs – at least one for each required example of a policing action (3 from 1860-1980 and 3 from 1981 –present).

 

Conclusion Paragraph:

  • This paragraph will sum up your main points (without introducing any new information) and restate your thesis in a slightly different way.

 

References:

  • Put your references on the last page of the paper (by themselves with a heading “References”
  • Use APA format
  • Make sure to cite your references within your paper any time you use information from the source (whether it is a direct quote, which will be indicated by quotation marks, or whether you have summarized the information in your own words.
  • All references must be cited somewhere in your paper (not necessarily quoted, but at least cited when you have summarized info from the source)
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