This assignment asks you to connect recent news stories to some assigned textbook chapters. You're required to submit two analyses: one for a chapter in the Comparative Politics (CP) textbook and one for a chapter in the International Relations (IR) textbook, as assigned in the table below. You may also submit a third analysis, if you wish, for a chapter to which you're not already assigned below.

The subject articles for your analyses must be international in scope—that is, not focused primarily on the United States—and come from one of these four approved sources:

Analyses that use other sources won't be accepted (and will receive a grade of zero).

Your assignment grade will be determined primarily by how well you:

Writing quality and citation formatting will also affect your grade.



As noted on the syllabus and announced in class, written assignments must include properly formatted parenthetical citations and a reference list. (Papers without both of these components won't be accepted.)

To properly format your citations, see these sections in Turabian:


When I evaluate your analyses, I'll give you a letter grade for each of three components—content, writing, and citations—as well as an overall assignment grade (on a 25-point scale). Of course, you should let me know if you have any questions or concerns about my assessment of your work. I'll use your two highest-scored analyses when I calculate your course grade at the end of the semester.


Each analysis is due at the beginning of class on the date the subject material is listed on the syllabus. Submissions must be in hard copy format, with pages stapled.

Chapter Due Date Writer(s)
CP, Ch. 2 Feb 5 Conor, Katie, Mahamed
CP, Ch. 3 Feb 7 Jerry, Noah, Sheldon
CP, Ch. 4 Feb 12 Andrew, Skip, Sam
CP, Ch. 5 Feb 14 Carter, Jihad, Paloma
CP, Ch. 6 Feb 19 Argenis, Mike, Nick
CP, Ch. 7 Feb 26 Dara, Kenny, Ricky
CP, Ch. 8 Feb 28 Blake, Jeannine, Zach
CP, Ch. 9 Mar 5 Brody, Catherine, Josh
CP, Ch. 10 Mar 7 Maie, Sarah, Theresa
CP, Ch. 11 Mar 7 Ben, Emory, Ryan
IR, Ch. 2 Mar 28 Blake, Brody, Catherine
IR, Ch. 3 Apr 2 Josh, Maie, Theresa
IR, Ch. 4 Apr 4 Ben, Emory, Sarah
IR, Ch. 5 Apr 9 Conor, Katie, Ryan
IR, Ch. 6 Apr 11 Jerry, Mahamed, Sheldon
IR, Ch. 7 Apr 18 Andrew, Noah, Skip
IR, Ch. 8 Apr 23 | Apr 25 Carter, Jihad, Sam
IR, Ch. 9 Apr 30 | May 2 Argenis, Nick, Paloma
IR, Ch. 10 May 7 Dara, Kenny, Mike
IR, Ch. 11 May 9 Ricky, Jeannine, Zach