Second CSLO Writing Assignment
GOVT 2305: Policy Recommendation Memo
Requirements: 4-5 page paper, typed, double spaced, 12 pt. font, cited sources using APA format. Use your name and page number as a footer to each page.
Sources: At least 8 outside sources must be used in this paper. Possible sources include: our textbook, Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, New York Times, Time, Newsweek, PBS, the White House, the State Department, the National Democratic Party, the National Republican Party, “the Pentagon’s New Map,” policy think tanks, other professional academic journals, etc. When someone else’s ideas or exact wording is used, it must be cited.
TOPIC: Authorization to Use Troops against ISIS/ISIL
After recent events in the Middle East, many members of Congress have called upon President Obama to start using more US troops on the ground to fight ISIS/ISIL forces. This assignment will investigate this call to action.
Step 1: Analyze a significant current political issue in US politics.
Describe the threat that global terrorism poses the people and government of the United States. How has this threat developed over time and what is the nature of this threat today?
Step 2: Identify/explain the methods used by major political actors to present their proposed solutions to that issue.
Political leaders are calling for more US troops to be used on the ground against ISIS/ISIL. Why do these leaders feel this measure is necessary? What problem(s) are they trying to solve? Are there other options available to the US?
Step 3: Identification & Defense of Chosen Decision
You are an aide to a Member of Congress. Based on your research, make a recommendation to the Member of Congress to either support or oppose an expansion of forces against ISIS/ISIL. Be sure to state the positive reasons “for” the position you recommend, and be sure to state the negative reasons “against” the position you recommend.
Step 4: Critical Analysis of Decision and its Impact on Society
How will the supporters and opponents of this decision respond? Could there be unanticipated consequences, good or bad? How could this impact the spectrum of American culture?