This semester, you have observed a variety of "practitioners" of foreign affairs, all involved in some way with the issue of international terrorism. Each is involved in somewhat different aspects, each with a unique perspective. You have had a chance to hear them talk and to interact with them about their professions and their lives, as well as about the substance of the problem.
It is now eight months since the events of September 11, 2001. Think back to your immediate reactions to those events, and to the reactions of your friends and of the U.S. government. Now there's been time for some "space" to develop after those initial reactions. Think about how your own views may have changed since that terrible day.
For the past several months, you have assembled a "blue ribbon panel" of experts to help you sort through the complex problem of international terrorism. These experts have included:
From each one, you've heard a litany of recommendations and criticisms of how the United States responds to international terrorism.
Review your notes and the comments of each of our speakers. Compile a list of "recommendations" based on their advice.
Use specific examples from our speakers, our readings and our classes. Remember that webcasts of six of our speakers are available via the course web site, should you wish to review their remarks or obtain direct quotes.
This is a list of recommendations. You may choose to group your recommendations any way you wish. You will want to keep them sharp, clear, concise. Consider "headlines" followed by one or two paragraphs of explanation. If there are conflicts, you will want to make clear who recommends which.
Aim for about 5-7 pages.