Politics questions

From The Economist Sept. 22, 2018

  • According to the article “Demography: Babies are lovely, but…” how has the population of sub-Saharan Africa changed since 1950? What are the projected population totals for the future? Define “dependency ratio.” What three things could drastically change the future projections of population increase? (5 points)


  • According to the article “Latin America: The noise from Brazil” and the news videos shown in class, who are the leading contenders for the presidency in Brazil in the October elections in the final round? What are the main issues? (5 points)


From Political Theories

  • According to the video, posted on the module, what are the similarities and differences between communism and socialism? (5 points)


  • According to the video, posted on the module, what are the main points of the political ideology termed anarchy? (5 points)


From “War, Terrorism, and Military Response (40 points total)

  • What is the difference between regular and irregular military forces? What is the justification used by the Trump administration for a new “space force?” (5 points)


  • What are the four “critical infrastructures” and how can they be impacted by cyber and information warfare? (5 points)


  • Define total war and a war of aggression. (5 points)


  • According to the following youtube videos, list five main points of each of the following videos:


  1. Video proves Syria’s chemical weapons use (2:22) (5 points)
  2. “The future of Cyberwarfare” (4:49) (5 points)


  1. “War in Afganistan: 17 years later” (5:56)( 5 points)


  1. “Syria’s war: Who is fighting and why” (6:46) (5 points)


  • What countries now process nuclear weapons? (5 points)


From “The Americas” PowerPoint and YouTube videos:  (30 points total)



  • What are the reasons that some argue are essential for building the Keystone XL pipeline? Why are some opposed to this? (5 points)


  • Describe NAFTA. What was its purpose when it first come together in 1994? (5 points)


  • Who are the biggest political parties in Mexico? Who is the president of Mexico today and when is the next presidential election in Mexico? Who are the leading candidates, according to the You Tube video “Mexico’s presidential race chaotic as independents join the race,” in the July 1 election? After reviewing the you Tube video “Trump’s Border Wall Order Shakes up U.S. – Mexico Relations” describe the relationship between the Trump administration and Mexico and Trump’s position on building a wall on the border? (5 points)



  • From the videos “Has the nature of Canada –U.S. relations changed” and “What is the future of US-Canada relations” what are the main challenges and issues of Canada and their relations with the United States during the Trump administration? (5 points)


  • From The PowerPoint and the “Geopolitical Analysis 2017: South America” describe the following countries: (2 points each—10 points total)
  1. Peru
  2. Bolivia
  3. Colombia
  4. Venezuela
  5. Brazil

From the PowerPoint Europe and Russia

  • What is NATO? How many countries are in NATO? Describe Article 4 and Article 5 of the NATO Treaty? (5 points)


  • Describe the European Union. Discuss the origins of the EU. What are the major institutions that have been set up by the EU? (5 points)



  • What was BREXIT? Why did it pass in the United Kingdom? What is Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty? (5 points)



  • Who is the president of France? What is the process of the French in electing a new president? What is his term of office? What are the two largest political parties in France? (5 points)


  • Pick 3 of the following and summarize the main points of each of the embedded videos, both shown and discussed in class: (total 15 points plus 5 point extra credit)


Geopolitics of Germany


Geopolitics of Poland (5 points)


Geopolitics of Greece (5 points)


The Long Peace in Europe (5 points)










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