Analysis of makeup, purpose, structure, functions. Influence of Saudi Arabia.
Discusses the Marshall Plan, European integration, and the Asian economic "miracle" in terms of attempts to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment. The concept of nation building. Issues of free trade and bilateral trade agreements. Examples of Marshall Plan aid. Goal of sustainable economic development. Political change of the 1980s, and effect on economics. The European Union. Economic growth in the counries of East Asia. Examples of Japan and China.Interventionist polices versus free trade policies. Impact of foreign investment.
Best Practices in Public Works Programs: The United Nations
A comprehensive research paper that outlines the history, purpose and structure of the UN; and combines that with close examination of the issue of poverty, the key UN agencies tasked with reducing poverty, and a case study detailing the elements of successful public works programs to assert that the UN has established the "best practices" in establishing public works programs in developing nations.
Four Book Reviews
Reviews four books: Ghosts of Mississippi, by Maryanne Vollers; Sons of Mississippi, by Paul Hendrickson; The White House Staff, by Bradley H. Patterson; and The American Presidency, by Sidney M. Milkis and Michael Nelson.
Firewalls and Proxy Servers
Describes firewalls and proxy servers and their implementation. Increased use of the Internet and resultant issues of privacy and data protection. Types of threats. Includes copies of sources.
Metro Rail / Blue Line
Essential question: is the Metro Rail / Blue Line system worth what it is costing? Will the returns be sufficient to justify the expense and defray the costs?
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs).
Role of NGOs in global healthcare. Close relationship between NGOs and the United Nations. Four areas in which the U.N. and NGOs work together. NGO activities and objectives. Argument of NGOs and U.N. that various political and environmental issues are linked to healthcare issues. NGOs as a diverse group. By-products of NGO activities.
The American Empire
Discusses the American Empire after World War II in terms of its hegemony and structural power. Changes in the liberal policies that followed WWI due to world changes and the growth of American world power, and ability of the U.S. to control the actions of others thereby acting as a hegemon. Discusses in terms of the post WWII division of the world into East-West. The impact of the Cold War. Creation of GATT, IMF and the World Bank; issue of free trade. U.S. foreign policy strategy for facilitating the advances of private sector corporations. The emergence of rival states.
History of U.S. Political Parties
A history of the formation of the two party system in the United States and of the Democratic and Republican parties. Views of the Founding Fathers regarding political parties.
New York State Budget
Describes the process through which the New York State Executive Budget is developed and appropriations made for programs. The state's system of executive budgeting. The four categories of classifying appropriations. The political process involved.