Thursday, May 07, 2015

Spring 2015 Final Exam

Diplomacy 750: Defense Statecraft
Spring 2015 Final Exam
Please answer one of the following three questions:

  1. In the wake of the Wars on Terror, the US defense budget has begun to stagnate, or even recede. Consider the domestic and international consequences of this retreat; how will a reduced U.S. defense profile affect the behavior of foreign countries (whether friend or foe)? What impact will defense cuts have in the U.S.? 
  2. Pro-Russian militias continue to control several districts of Ukraine, and continue to threaten the stability of the truce agreement. What steps can and should the United States take to deter further Russia action in the region? 
  3. With the acquisition of a refurbished Russian aircraft carrier, the Indian Navy now possesses a more formidable naval aviation arm than China. What is the relevance of Indian naval expansion, and should the United States encourage India’s maritime capabilities?

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