write an essay

write an essay of no more than 2 and no less than 1 pages, double spaced, no smaller than 11-point font, normal margins,

and PROOFREAD effectively. All papers must have your name on them…title pages are preferred, but they don’t count as words or pages

against the assignment.
The essay should review the event, lecture, exhibit, panel, discussion, or film for the following points: international relations

relevance generally, theoretical possibilities, and any coverage of concepts or events from readings and lecture. In other words, only

write about what the film is about and how it matters to our class. Generally the papers should be NO MORE THAN HALF devoted to

explaining the point of the film, the argument of the speaker, the topic of the lecture, etc. The OTHER HALF MUST RELATE THE EVENT,

FILM, SPEAKER, ETC. to things we have discussed and learned in the course; NOTE HOW THIS MATTERS TO THE STUDY OF IR AS DICUSSED IN THE


DISCUSSED IN CLASS!! This means that any essay that does not do this will NOT GET THE CREDIT. Generally, a paper will describe what you

saw (film’s plot, point of the discussion or speaker, where and when, etc.) and then will go into some detail about HOW IT RELATES

DIRECTLY TO CLASS. This is usually a 50-50 split."

> Here is his Movie List that he gave us:

Academy Award nominated documentary about American soldiers stationed in a combat-heavy position in Afghanistan…very serious look at

modern combat conditions **

No Man’s Land
Danis Tanovic’s Academy Award ®-winning satire of the war in the Balkans is an astounding balancing act, an acidic black comedy

grounded in the brutality and horror of war. **
Welcome to Sarajevo, 1997. Michael Winterbottom’s film about Bosnia is interesting, noting the relationship between the horrors of what

was happening, the seemingly inept international negotiations to end the tragedy, and the hardened cynicism of the correspondents that

covered the war. **

The Last Just Man, 2000. Steven Silver’s account of the Rwandan genocide as told by Canadian Lt. General Romeo Dallaire. This is highly

recommended, but not a pleasant story to watch. **

Hearts and Minds. 1991. 115 min. VT P399
Examines the American consciousness that led to involvement in Vietnam. Includes interviews with General William Westmoreland, Robert

Kennedy, former Secretary of Defense, Clark Clifford, Senator William Fulbright, Walt Rostow, and Daniel Ellsberg, as well as American

Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese leaders. Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon are shown in rare footage. Winner

of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1974. **

13 Days. Recent Kevin Costner film on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Does a great job looking at crisis decision-making, foreign policy

models, Cold War, etc. **
Charlie Wilson’s War, 2007 Tom Hanks portrays true life congressman Charlie Wilson, who seems to single-handedly provide American

support to the anti-Sovient Afghan forces in the 1980’s Cold War.

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1964 parody of nuclear deterrence—Stanley Kubrick directed, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. One of the greatest and

funniest films ever! **

Paths of Glory. 1957
A chilling lucidity illuminates every frame of this World War I drama from the great, Bronx-born director Stanley Kubrick, whose icy,

cerebral vision is on stunning display here. Paths of Glory (1957) tells the story of a failed French attack on the Germans during

World War I and the ensuing court-martial of three French soldiers charged with cowardice. **

All Quiet on the Western Front. 1930
One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army

during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the

harsh realities of combat.

The Year of Living Dangerously. 1982
Peter Weir, Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt. Early 1960’s Jakarta, Indonesia and a love story set in the anti-communist

uprisings from Sukarno to Suharto. A good film…

The Killing Fields. 1984
The Killing Fields is a romanticized adaptation of an eyewitness magazine story by New York Times correspondent Sidney Schanberg, who

was in Cambodia in 1975 when it fell under the control of the Communist Khmer Rouge. **

Fail-Safe. 1964
One little glitch threatens the world with a thermonuclear nightmare in Sidney Lumet’s definitive cold-war drama, Fail-Safe. **
The Missiles of October. 1974
The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis is the subject of this made-for-TV effort. Starring William Devane as President John Kennedy, the movie

explores the events of the 13-day period when the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. **
Salvador 1986
Salvador may be Oliver Stone’s best film, even if it is one of his least known and commercially disappointing. Released in the same

year as Stone’s more acclaimed Platoon, Salvador takes a rare, politically volatile subject: the U.S.-backed war in El Salvador and

gives audiences a thrill-a-minute ride through the eyes of its unlikely protagonist, photographer Richard Boyle (James Woods).