Project #51573 - POTUS

Step 1 – Identifying the Issue

Identify a single issue that you feel should be the highest priority in American foreign policy and specifically how the nation should go about pursuing that policy.

*NOTE* -- I ALREADY DID STEP ONE! Which means you will have to write about what I picked.. Sorry! See my "POTUS Memo" at the end of the instructions. 

Step 2 - Gathering Sources

A. Find three high-quality reference materials (articles published in an academic journal) using the following criteria:

  • The article must be no more than ten years old, a minimum of five pages in length, and should meet the standards of college level material.
  • Carefully choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
  • Newspaper articles, magazine articles, textbooks and items of the like are considered "supplemental sources" on the collegiate level and are not quality research materials.
  • Dictionaries, Encyclopedias (including Wikipedia), Almanacs, or an Atlas are reference materials and should not be listed in any works cited page on the collegiate level.
  • Properly document your sources in your memo and on a works cited page. 

 

Step 3 – The Memo

A. Your paper should quickly explain how the President can take your advice and put it into action. He is a busy man, so keep it short and to the point.

B. This document should quickly articulate (in 2-3 paragraphs) the relevance of the issue, your policy position (citing the supporting evidence) and conclude with a suggested course of action.

C. The memo is to be 1.5 - 2 full pages in length using single spacing (using the formal formatting protocols for a memo). No more and no less is necessary for this activity. If you need help with the formatting, simply do a web search to find a style guide. Failure to meet the minimum writing requirement will result in a zero for the entire assignment (no partial credit will be awarded as this is a formal institutional assessment).

D. Finally, add a cover page to the front of the document and include the works cited page at the end

***This is what I sent to my professor as a memo for what "I" will be writing about***

"I propose to address what I believe to be the current issues with the US treaty process in the assigned POTUS Foreign Policy Memo. In this paper I will share with the audience how treaties work and affect our foreign relationships in mostly negative ways.

The United States backs a series of treaties including the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, and the Law of the Sea Treaty – all of which will do nothing to advance the United States national interests, but be very detrimental to U.S. Sovereignty.

These treaties illustrate the defects of the United States treaty system as a whole. While some have been formally rejected by the senate others are still sitting in the senates “inbox”, for lack of a better term.

The U.S. should reform it's treaty system to make things more clear. Only treaties that have been signed by the president and have gone through other necessary steps (more on that later!) should be binding upon the United States.

 

Using the above three points as well as others found through further research I plan to explain not only how treaties work and affect our foreign relations, but also I will touch on how a change to these treaties and policies will better affect the United States."

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/11/2014 02:00 pm
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