Political Science 1100, Introduction to American Politics, April 30, 2014


 

Current events

 

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Government and Individual Security


        Health Care and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
               

            Federalism Matters: Medicaid expansion

 

 


Dealing with Other Countries

Tough Choices, Deep Roots, Lasting Consequences


1. Tough Choices any Nation's Leaders must make
 

A. Isolation Or Internationalism ?

 

B. Use Force Or Diplomacy To Settle Disputes ?

 

C. Act Alone or in Alliance?

 

D. What Are Other Nations Really Up To ?

 

E. What Costs Are Tolerable ?

 

F. How do foreign policy choices affect domestic politics?

 


2. Deep Roots:
     The Choice of the Past Affect Choice in the Present and Future
 
 

    1898: The Spanish-American War

            - The US took the Philippines, making it a power in Asia and a rival of Japan

 

    1941 War with Japan, Germany and Italy

 

        The U.S. a superpower after World War II

 

 

    1945-1989: Cold war with the Soviet Union, the world's other superpower

           

           The War in Vietnam

 

    1989 - to the present: The Post-Cold War World

 

            9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq

 

     

 

3. Globalization

Goods and Services

 

 

Capital

 

 

Information

 

 

People: The Immigration Issue

 

 

Environment: The Climate Issue