Since the end of the Cold War, the US has been the de facto problem-solver in the world. With each new transboundary crisis, the world looks to the US to “fix” things, either because the rest of the world perceives the US to be part of the problem, or the rest of the world perceives the US to be the only country with sufficient resources to fix the problem. However, increasingly, the US is unable to respond effectively to every crisis, and it must begin prioritizing.
Write a 5-page paper on 1 particular challenge that YOU believe ought to be the priority of the US over the next decade. In chapters 4-9, we have examined security, prosperity, and identity issues and challenges. Pick one of these issue areas, and discuss why and how the US should focus its attention on one particular aspect of this issue area, so as to foster conditions for a better world. For example, if you believe that the mission of the US should be to increase global prosperity, then pick 1 issues (say, sovereign debt), and describe how the US, 1 IGO, and 1 NGO are trying to address this problem. So far, this assignment is similar to paper 1, except that you won’t begin with how this problem became truly global. Rather, you will begin by stating your thesis, such as, “I believe the US should focus its attention and resources on eliminating sovereign debt because….” You then will discuss briefly why eliminating sovereign debt will not only make the world a better place, but especially how eliminating sovereign debt will benefit the US (about 1 & ½ to 2 pages)! You then will describe what the US currently is doing (or not) to eliminate sovereign debt across the globe (about 1 page). Next, you will describe how 1 IGO is addressing sovereign debt (about 1 page), and how 1 NGO is addressing sovereign debt (about 1 page). Your last page should conclude with a discussion on what further steps you believe are necessary to fix this problem to the satisfaction of the US.
You will need to do a little research, but your text provides a lot of useful hints already.
These urls may be helpful: httpsss://www.pacificcouncil.org/newsroom/united-states-world-policy-priorities-survey
How to pick an IGO and NGO? IGOs have countries as members, and NGOs have people as members. The world’s largest IGO is the United Nations. There are many regional IGOs, and you can find a comprehensive list here: httpsss://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intergovernmental_organizations. And here is a list of the top NGOS: httpss://www.top500ngos.net/.