GOVT 425 Midterm Essays

Liberty GOVT 425 Midterm Essay Answers

You will write 2 essays on separate topics and submit them as 1 assignment. For each essay, you will write a 2–3-page research-based paper in current Turabian format. Each essay must include 5–7 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. This assignment will be submitted through a SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

Other guidelines:

  • All references to the article itself only require a page number in parentheses referencing the source. If you cite a page number in parentheses (e.g., 64) next to a sentence within the body of the essay, it will imply that you are referencing page 64 of the source.
  • Any and all quotations must be in the footnotes, not the body of the text.
  • Note: As part of your analysis, you are welcome to include Christian perspectives or opinions, but these must be integrated in a coherent manner that fits the overall tenor of your analysis.
  • Grace: You will have a considerable amount of freedom regarding writing style for each essay, but write clearly and reflectively.


Essay #1 Instructions: Religion as a Factor in USFP (US Foreign Policy)

Watch the presentations “Exploring Religion and US Foreign Policy” in the Reading & Study folder of Module/Week 1 and “The Future of Religious Pluralism in the Middle East” in the Reading & Study folder of Module/Week 2.

After viewing these presentations, consider the following prompts in any order you choose to organize your answer:

  • What is the basic problem with making religion a relevant factor in USFP? For example, why do you think religious freedom agendas are not a top USFP priority? Or, differently, why does America cultivate close strategic relationships with nations like Saudi Arabia that foster an extremely intolerant form of Islamic belief and practice?
  • What seem to be the main obstacles to making religious values (Christian or other) of foreign nations the basis for the conduct of USFP? In other words, why can American Christians not simply demand that their government coerce foreign powers to accept its version of religious freedom as a condition of any alliance?


Essay #2 Instructions: “Clash of Civilizations” or Muddleheaded Mush?

Read Huntington’s article, “Clash of Civilizations,” and watch the presentation “Clash of Civilizations” in the Reading & Study folder of Module/Week 2.

After reading the article and viewing the presentation, consider the following prompts in any order you choose to organize your answer:

  • In no more than 1 paragraph, summarize Huntington’s argument.
  • In another 1–2 paragraphs, defend Huntington’s argument’s plausibility or rational defensibility. Why does he believe that the organization of conflict will increasingly follow cultural-religious divisions?
  • In the remainder of the essay, critique the article. What are its shortcomings, weaknesses, gaps, or faulty assumptions? Hint: Think about key US allies around the world. Are they exactly like America ethnically, culturally, and religiously?
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