Are nation states still the most important actors on the world stage in the contemporary (i.e., post World War II) age of globalization? State clearly whether you are arguing that nation states are, or are not, the key actors. Address the causal logic behind both sides of the debate. Based on class readings, identify the relevant authors and arguments that posit that states are the most important actors and explain why they make those claims. Based on class readings, also identify the relevant authors and arguments that posit that states are not the most important actors and explain why they make those claims. Also based on the class readings, address the relevant empirical evidence. Assessing the relevant empirical evidence, and assessing the logic of the arguments behind both sides of the debate, clearly show that one side of the debate is more persuasive than the other. When referring to the readings, clearly identify the author and the relevant page number(s).
Your first post should be 3-4 paragraphs long and must be submitted before November 29 at 11:59 pm, there is a lateness penalty of 10 points for each day of lateness if you submit the first post late. The reply should consist of one substantive paragraph and it must be submitted before December 06 at 11:59 pm. At 11:59 pm on December 06 the discussion closes so it will not be possible to submit your reply late: please make sure to post it on time. Remember that the first post accounts for 85% of the discussion grade and the reply account for 15% of the discussion grade.
The reply to a peer’s posting must be a substantive reply. In this section, you should provide the basis of your agreement or disagreement with the posting you are replying to, rather than merely stating if you agree or disagree with the post. Make sure to explain why you agree/disagree in your reply, always based on the readings of this module