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Malone, David M. and Adam Day. 2020. The UN at 75. How Today’s Challenges Will Shape the Next 25 Years. In: Global Governance. Volume 26: Issue 2, 236–250.
– Acharya, Amitav and Dan Plesch. 2020. “The United Nations: Managing and Reshaping a Changing World Order. GlobalGovernance. Vol. 26, 221-235.
1) Read the two texts carefully. Discuss the main argument and concluding thoughts for each text, and identify a few supporting ideas/facts/examples used to back it up. What do you find most important/interesting about the article?
2) Compare the two texts. In what ways do they share a similar assessment, in what ways do they differ? Conclude with your own take on the subject matters discussed.Oct. 6, 2020

Reading essay assignment 1 (10%): Due date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 by 2pm.

Summarize and compare the following two texts:
– Malone, David M. and Adam Day. 2020. The UN at 75. How Today’s Challenges Will Shape the Next 25 Years. In:
Global Governance. Volume 26: Issue 2, 236–250.
– Acharya, Amitav and Dan Plesch. 2020. “The United Nations: Managing and Reshaping a Changing World Order. Global
Governance. Vol. 26, 221-235.
1) Read the two texts carefully. Discuss the main argument and concluding thoughts for each text, and identify a few
supporting ideas/facts/examples used to back it up. What do you find most important/interesting about the article?
2) Compare the two texts. In what ways do they share a similar assessment, in what ways do they differ? Conclude with
your own take on the subject matters discussed.

Structure your paper in four parts:
1) First summary
2) Second summary
3) Comparative analysis: identify common and unique elements
4) Conclusion: synthesize your own conclusion. What do you take away from reading these two texts? What issues
emerge as critical in your view? What questions do you have?
Total essay length: 1000 to max 1400 words. The two summary sections will likely take up most space, section 3 & 4
could possibly be collapsed into one shorter segment.

Follow these guidelines:
– Put your name at the top of the page.
– Note word count in the upper right corner of the page.
– Try to stick to the word count. If you end up above it, edit it down: delete, rephrase, condense, consolidate. It will make your
writing better.
– Put the full bibliographical reference at the top of each summary.

Style:
– Clearly organize your argument, avoid repetition.
– Avoid statements like “I agree with the author” without explaining why.
– Generally avoid fillers like “I think” “I believe”. This is your analysis; it is understood that what you write is your take on
these readings.

Citations:
Use direct quotes very sparingly and generally paraphrase in your own words. When you use a direct quote, reference it
with page number. Such as: Nye concludes that “the open international system has served the United States well.” (p.
2).

Grading: You will be graded
– on your ability to succinctly identify key issues addressed by the two authors,
– on your ability to bring out common themes and differences in your final analysis,
– on organization, clarity of writing, and grammar (Have someone read through your work particularly if you are not a
native speaker!)

NOTE: while the TA and I are happy to discuss questions during office hours, we are unfortunately not able to read and
comment on draft papers.

Academic integrity: Materials submitted to fulfill academic requirements must represent a student’s own efforts.
Plagiarism or letting someone else write your work is a serious offense. We may run the essays through a plagiarism
detection program. Students may be asked to

  
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