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  • 1. FOR ALL QUESTIONS: Please read all questions very carefully. Observe the word limits carefully. Any additional words will not be read and included. All answers should be typed and printed. Clearly label your answers. Hard copy of the exam should be turned in no later than 6 pm in the classroom on Monday, December 13, 2010. You will be safe if you back up your work- e-mail it to yourself/ put it on a flash drive.<br />Think before you write.<br />I.For the Obama administration, every area of foreign policy needs review and updating. What moves should this new administration take with respect to the following: Answer one option from FOUR of the regions listed below. 250 words each. (4 essays, 20 pts each)<br />A. Africa<br />
    • Protecting vessels against Somali Pirates, how much of that burden should be carried by the United States Navy and with what limitations
    • 2. AIDs relief throughout the continent, what the US policy has been and what the future policy should be
    B. Asia<br />
    • Japan an old ally is in economic trouble and moving towards China. Should we allow re-militarization? Cut ties or bind them closer.
    • 3. North Korea’s quest for nuclear power, its threat to global security, how should the United States respond to China’s request to re-open the six party talks.
    C. Southeast Asia<br />
    • ASEAN and its impact on United States’ trade policy
    • 4. Burma’s threat to stability around the region and how that affects US policy
    D. Russia and Eastern Europe<br />
    • Should Georgia and the Ukraine be admitted into NATO?
    • 5. How can the US repair its deteriorating relationship with the Putin/Medvedev regime and retain the good will of former Soviet clients like Poland?
    E. Western Europe<br />
    • How should the Obama administration respond to the rising economic clout of the European Union?
    • 6. How can the Obama administration regain special relationships with the leaders of Britain, France, and Germany? What are the pitfalls of doing so?
    F. Central America<br />
    • Does the ongoing drug war in Mexico have a significant impact on the United States? If so, what can/should the U.S. do in response?
    • 7. What is Obama’s stance on CAFTA? Is a change in CAFTA policy wise for the United States?
    G. South America<br />
    • How has Obama related to Chavez so far? How should he act towards Venezuela and Chavez in the future?
    • 8. How much in resources should the United States continue to devote to the War on Drugs in South America?
    H. Middle East<br />
    • What has been the United States’ stance on Iran during the Bush administration? How is Obama different? What are the positive AND negative aspects of this?
    • 9. Until the new administration, the US has continued to support oppressive regimes which violate human rights, in the Middle East such as Egypt. Should the Obama administration continue to do so?
    II. 20 point question (max 1000 words)<br />
    • What does the intensifying rivalry between growing economic giants India and China mean for the United States? How should the Obama administration respond to this situation? (from the book)