Use theoretical and analytic tools to help explain the rising conflict between the United States and North Korea in relation to international politics

Use theoretical and analytic tools to help explain the rising conflict between the United States and North Korea in relation to international politics.

Paper Requirements

  • 6 pages
  • Double-spaced with standard margins, 12-point font
  • Description of event must
    • Especially intriguing topic
    • Topic framed as a question or puzzle
    • Event classified with other like events / phenomena
    • Event compared to other events
    • Event placed in a broader theoretical context
  • Must properly apply concepts | Hypotheses | theories by:
    • Theory development
    • Consideration of alternative theoretical approaches
    • Insight
    • Keen analysis
    • Novel / original
  • You are not expected to be able to execute original data analysis or build their own game-theoretic models. Instead, if appropriate to their topics, they should be able to find and use other scholar’s work along these lines to help inform their own analysis.


Use theoretical and analytic tools to help explain the  rising conflict between the United States and north Korea in relation to international politics, the page should be 6 pages in include the following.

Theoretic tools use 3 of the following


Alliance reliability Hegemonic stability Interdependence
Balance of power Security dilemma Nationalism
Collective security Legal systems Norms
Containment Ideology Polarity
Dependency Misperception Power transition
Deterrence Realism Public opinion
•   Rally ‘round the flag Reciprocity Rational actor
Comparative advantage Democratic peace theory Prisoner’s dilemma
Bureaucratic politics Imperialism Heidegger’s rule
Diversionary theory Interest groups Norm entrepreneurs


Analytic tools use 3 of the following


Conditional probabilities Interaction effects •   Scope of an explanation
Contingency tables Levels of analysis   (time, region…)
Distribution of cases Logical consistency Shapes of relationships
Game theory Magnitude of effects   (linear, inverted-U, …)
Historical examples Necessary and sufficient Statistical correlations
Independent and   conditions Trade-off relationships
  dependent variables Patterns in data Unobservable cases



NB: Sometimes, there is a little distinction between a theoretic and analytic tool. Necessary and sufficient conditions, for example, are often both part of a theory’s claims and an analytic tool that helps sort out causal relationships.

Selecting theoretical and analytic tools: We have discussed many, many of these over the semester. Be choosy and pick just 2 or 3 tools to guide your paper. It is better to do a good job with just 2 tools than to do a mediocre job with 10. More importantly, your purpose is to make sense out of a potentially very complex event. Careful selection of tools allows you to filter out the core features of a situation.


Description and Explanation: After your paper introduces your event and the theoretic and analytic approach you intend to take, it will probably have a short section describing the event itself and giving it some context. Be very careful that this part of the paper does not take over. It is easy to get lost in all sorts of blow-by-blow historical detail. You want to instead highlight the main interesting features of the event, in particular those that relate to the theoretical tools you’ll be using. The core of your paper really is the analysis, the explanation.

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