by Alan Greenblatt
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Charter of the United Nations
“The Charter of the United Nations” is an international treaty that was signed on June 26, 1945 by 50 countries around the world. In that same year, World War II officially ended on September 2, 1945. The U.N. was formed to protect human rights across the world, after witnessing the atrocities committed in both world wars, and to take step forward to international peace.Pair “Charter of the United Nations” with “If Not Threats of War or Sanctions, Then What?” and ask students to discuss diplomacy in the context of contemporary (or postmodern) history. How were conflicts solved before institutions such as the U.N. were created? What instigated any of these changes?
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- Mike Kubic
“The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” examines the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, moving from ancient history into the 21st century.Pair “If Not Threats of War or Sanctions, Then What?” with “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” and ask students to compare the themes of the two pieces. Greenblatt’s article suggests that “’diplomacy is all about getting other governments to do what you want them to do.’” What are the links between diplomacy and war? How does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict figure into this theory?
Building a Borderless World
- Mike Kubic
“Building a Borderless World” explores the origins, nature, and effects of globalization, which has yielded both unqualified gains and considerable opposition.Pair “Building A Borderless World” with “If Not Threats of War or Sanctions, Then What?” and ask students to compare the themes of the two pieces. Is globalization facilitated by positive political interactions among nations? What political or economic issues might arise from globalization, based on the information presented in the article? Ask students to consider the discussion of the power dynamics of international affairs set forth in Greenblatt’s text in forming their thoughts about the nature and consequences of globalization.
China's Cultural Revolution
- Mike Kubic
This informational text explains the goals for and consequences of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution in 1950s-60s communist China.Mao Zedong preached that war was an important tool for social change in the world and that “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” (Paragraph 8). Pair this text on China’s Cultural Revolution with this article on alternatives to war (and sanctions) in foreign policy. What do students think the most effective options are?
President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points
- President Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson’s famous “Fourteen Points” were a statement of Wilson’s beliefs about how to bring an end to World War I and to prevent war in the future.Pair “President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points” with “If Not Threats of War or Sanctions, Then What?” and ask students to discuss how Greenblatt’s plan for peace is different than Wilson’s. What has changed in the world since World War I that could explain some of the differences? What similarities still exist?