Over the last few weeks, you investigated some of the individuals, events, and circumstances leading to the 9/11 attacks on the United States using the level analysis approach. By applying the tools of individual, state, and systems level analysis , you have brought clarity to events that some view as “inexplicable” or simply acts of “evil doers.”
Now you must extend your research independently by writing three (3) generalizations that explore the roots of 9/11. Write one individual level, one state level, and one systems level generalization. The goal is to use a levels of analysis approach to better understand and explain why the attacks on the United States occurred .
State your generalization in one sentence .
Indent and number your brief evidence statements below.
Support your generalization with at least three (3) specific evidence statements.
Cite your source and page number for each evidence statement.
Attach a Works Cited in MLA format.
Remember that a generalization is a statement of a pattern that is true, broad, and meaningful.
A pattern requires that the same factors appear in the same relationship more than once.
As you examine the evidence and look for patterns it is often helpful to consider:
Patterns of change
POSSIBLE TOPICS -- Approve any other topics in advance.
How operational code motivated key actors
Impact of information-processing mechanisms on individual actors
How national interest guided state decision making
Influence of subnational actors in shaping state policy
Influence of political culture in shaping state policy
How could natural sources of power be a significant factor
Impact of polarity and systems change
How stratification determines decision making
Effects of resource distribution
Influence of transnational and supranational actors
GENERALIZATIONS & WORKS CITED
While you may use sources from class activities, you MUST also explore sources for each generalization beyond what we have already considered.
Mingst text, Essentials of International Relations
Individual level sources:
“License to Kill”
In Search of bin Laden
State level sources:
“The Lawless Frontier”
“Weighing US Priorities”
“Saudi Arabia” – country profile
“Afghanistan” – country profile
The Saudi Bomb
System level sources:
“Afghanistan” from History in Dispute
“Clash of Civilizations”
Other articles as well as library sources are also available.