Instructor Information

Michael K. McDonald
Dept. of Government & Politics
University of Maryland

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301-314-2014
3140 Tydings Hall

Office Hours: (July 14 - August 22)
Wednesdays 10:00am - 11:30am
Footnotes Cafe in McKeldin Library

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Study Questions for Somalia Case

  • Posted on Aug. 6, 2008

Write down and turn in answers to these questions for Monday's class. You should write a paragraph in response to each question. Your answers don't need to be long, but try to answer each question fully.


(1) During the Somalia intervention, US policymakers were faced with 5 critical decisions:

  • first when choosing between a strategy of ‘flooding’, ‘monetizing’, or increasing peacekeeping forces;
  • second when choosing between providing airpower and seapower in support of a UN force, the ‘Ball-Peen Hammer’ option, or the ‘Sledgehammer’ option;
  • third when choosing whether to limit the US mission to humanitarian goals, to lead a coercive disarmament campaign, or to support a UN trusteeship in Somalia;
  • fourth when choosing how to respond to Aideed’s violent actions – whether to seek a diplomatic settlement or to take armed measures against Aideed;
  • and fifth when deciding how to repsond after the Black Hawk Down incident – whether to continue with military force, to order an immediate withdrawal, or to seek a diplomatic settlement with phased US withdrawal

At each stage of the situation, at each decision ‘node’, do you think the US policymakers chose correctly? Which decision(s) do you believe were most costly and/or most directly responsible for the ‘failure’ in Somalia?

(2) Chester A. Crocker (former assistant secretary of state for African Affairs) noted, “...The ‘failure’ in Somalia was not, in fact, a failure of either humanitarian intervention or muscular peacekeeping. It was a failure to apply them steadily and wisely.”

Do you agree with Crocker’s assessment? Why/why not?

 

Study Questions for Cuban Missile Crisis Case

  • Posted on July 29, 2008

Write down and turn in answers to these questions for Wednesday's class. You should write a paragraph in response to each question. Your answers don't need to be long, but try to answer each question fully.


(1)  According to the US policymakers, why had the USSR placed missiles in Cuba? What were the actual Soviet motivations?

(2)  Why did the ExComm decide on a naval blockade?

(3)  Why was Kennedy unwilling to trade obsolete missiles in Turkey for the missles in Cuba?

Study Questions for ICC Case

  • Posted on July 21, 2008

Write down and turn in answers to these questions for Wednesday's class. You should write a paragraph in response to each question. Your answers don't need to be long, but try to answer each question fully.


(1)  What role did NGOs play in the negotiation process?

(2)  Do you feel the ICC will evolve into an influencial form of global justice? Why?

(3)  a. Why was the United States so opposed to the Rome Statute?
      b. With continued US opposition to the Rome Statute, do you believe that the ICC            can be a viable and successful international institution?
      c. Do you feel the US is acting in the best interest of the US citizenry and/or the          global community? Do you support the US position?

Study Questions for Gibraltar Case

  • Posted on July 15, 2008

Write down and turn in answers to these questions for Wednesday's class. You should write a paragraph in response to each question. Your answers don't need to be long, but try to answer each question fully.


(1)  From the perspective of Great Britain, what is the conflict described in the case?

(2)  a. What are Britain's main objectives regarding Gibraltar? (list at least 3)
     b. Which of these objectives do you think are most important?

(3)  a. What do you think Great Britain should do?
      b. Will it be well received by Spain? By Gibraltar?
      c. What will the consequences be of your recommended action?

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  • Posted on July 5, 2008

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