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2 essay questions each question is up to 1000 words no more


• Each question refers to two short articles that provide context for the essay questions. Read the article for each question BEFORE articulating your response.

• Each essay question is composed of a series of mini-questions. Be sure to answer them all and use your course materials to provide evidence to support your answers. Cite where necessary.

• Your exam response needs to be done in Microsoft Word, 12 point font, normal margins. Be sure to place your name on each page, and for clarity number your pages.

• Your responses for each essay are limited to 1,000 words maximum. Write judiciously!

Question 1:

In the article “Andrew Jackson in the Persian Gulf”, the author, Ross Douthat, details the way in which President Trump bears all the hallmarks of the “Jacksonian” tradition of American foreign policy. What is Jacksonianism, and what are the major conceptual ideas that constitute the tradition? What aspects of Jacksonianism are similar to the Jeffersonian tradition, and where do they differ? According to Walter Russell Mead and Ross Douthat, how does Jacksonianism explain Trump’s election victory in 2016? Do you agree with this assessment and if so why or why not?

Question 2:

In the article “Trump Vetoes Resolution Ending US Role in Yemen Civil War”, the author, Andrew Desiderio, examines the contours of the broader debate on Constitutional authority and war as it relates to US involvement in Yemen. How does the Constitution explain the powers of Congress and the President as it relates to war (what we called ‘expressed’ powers…who is given authority to do what)? What is the War Powers Resolution of 1973, what requirements does in impose on the President, and why is it relevant to those seeking to curtail US involvement in Yemen? In the article, President Trump is quoted as saying he vetoed the bill because he saw it as a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities”. How is his statement an example of ‘executive prerogative’; what is this idea and how does it explain the concentration of power in the executive over time at the expense of Congress?

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