The recent collapse of Mosul, Tikrit, and other Northern Iraqi cities has again brought into focus the reasons for the US invasion and its aftermath. Using the 9 theories we have examined as models for analyzing interstate conflict, describe the ultimate reasons for the war between the United States and Iraq.
ISIS, Iraq, and the United States
Question: The recent collapse of Mosul, Tikrit, and other Northern Iraqi cities has again
brought into focus the reasons for the US invasion and its aftermath. Using the 9
theories we have examined as models for analyzing interstate conflict, describe the
ultimate reasons for the war between the United States and Iraq; the historical and
theoretical background for the tension between these countries, and the possible
outcomes of the recent violence
(But feel free to design your outline any way you wish)
I. Introduction / Thesis Statement – a brief statement outlining your position or
something relevant about this issue.
II. Body – the bulk of the paper is here, in data taken from the readings and other
evidence you have found in support of your position.
A. Historical background to the conflict
1. Rise of Saddam Hussein
2. Iran – Iraq War (1980-88)
3. US relations with Iraq Theoretical Perspective?
B. The first Persian Gulf War (January 1991 – “Operation Desert Storm”)
1. Critical outcomes Theoretical Perspective?
C. The 1990’s
1. The sanctions
2. UN Resolutions Theoretical Perspective?
D. The second Gulf War (March 2003 – “Operation Iraqi Freedom”)
1. Critical outcomes (is the war really over?)
2. War on Terror (September 11th?) Theoretical Perspective?
III. Conclusion – based on the evidence you have gathered, your opinion on which of the
9 theories is probably the most accurate for describing why this war occurred and
1. Type all work, using the American Psychological Association’s (APA)
publication format. Make sure to include an in-text citation every time you use a
statement or an idea from the readings that I have provided, or that you found in your
own independent research.
2. “A” papers will be: a) fully documented and cited; b) a minimum of 13 pages
(including title, abstract, and reference page); c) research beyond authors provided; d)
turned in on time (October 22, 2014); e) 10% grade penalty for “drop-offs”
|Subject Area||International Relations|
|Paper Type||Research paper|
|Number of Pages||1 Page(s)/275 words|