This assignment asks you to connect current event news stories to some assigned textbook chapters. Your subject articles must be international in scope—that is, not focus primarily on the United States—and come from one of these four approved sources:

Articles from other sources must be pre-approved by me.

How to do this assignment:

When writing your analyses, as with the paper assignment, you should:

Submit each analysis, in hard copy with pages stapled, at the beginning of class on the date your subject chapter is listed on the course syllabus.


Your analysis must be typewritten and double–spaced, use a single standard font with 1–1¼" margins throughout, and include a (typed) word count.

Citations must be employed as needed and conform fully to the author–date style described in Chapters 18-19 of Turabian's Manual for Writers. (You'll need to properly include, place, and style all the required information—exactly as detailed in Turabian's Manual.) Analyses submitted with improperly formatted citations will receive a score reduction of up to 10 points.


To receive a grade of A or A– on this assignment, the quality of your content and presentation must be outstanding. By definition, A–range content must be demonstrably more well informed, thoughtfully considered, and analytically sophisticated than above average (B–range) or average (C–range) content. Outstanding presentation comprises clearly articulated and well organized points, ideally with no more than a handful of honest writing mistakes. A–range work must also meet relevant structural requirements, including proper citation formatting. (Slightly lower writing standards may apply for non–native English speakers.)

Analyses that don't meet stated requirements and expectations are subject to a score reduction or other penalty, to be levied at my discretion. Analyses submitted without (both) parenthetical citations and a reference list may be refused and assigned a score of zero.


You're expected to submit three analyses:

  1. Your 1st analysis will be for a chapter in O'Neil's Essentials of Comparative Politics textbook, as assigned below.
  2. Your 2nd analysis will be for a chapter in Mingst's Essentials of International Relations textbook, as assigned below.
  3. Your 3rd analysis will be for any chapter listed below, for which you're not already assigned a paper or analysis.
Chapter Due Date Writer(s)
ECP, Ch. 6 Tue, Sep 25 Alex, Ckristina, Michael
ECP, Ch. 7 Thu, Oct 4 Brandon, Bez, Maria
ECP, Ch. 8 Tue, Oct 9 Cassidy, Jordan, Raphael
ECP, Ch. 9 Thu, Oct 11 Abbie, Eryk, Wilson
ECP, Ch. 10 Tue, Oct 16 Nivy, Wyatt, Nick
EIR, Ch. 3 Tue, Oct 30 Bez, Ckristina
EIR, Ch. 4 Thu, Nov 1 Brandon, Eryk
EIR, Ch. 5 Tue, Nov 6 Jordan, Wilson
EIR, Ch. 6 Thu, Nov 8 Abbie, Nick
EIR, Ch. 7 Thu, Nov 15 Michael
EIR, Ch. 8 Tue, Nov 20 Nivy
EIR, Ch. 9 Tue, Nov 27 Alex, Cassidy
EIR, Ch. 10 Tue, Nov 29 Wyatt
EIR, Ch. 11 Tue, Dec 4 Maria, Raphael