According to realist theories of war, why should the United States be concerned about the rise of China?


Reflection Essay: X3
Contribution to grade: 10% each (30% total)
Instructions. Each response essay must be a maximum of 1-page in length, single-spaced, 12 ft, times new roman, and
each essay must address one of the questions below. One page is a limited amount of space, so you must
be concise. Emphasis should be placed on analysis, not summary of readings. I will elaborate upon each
of these essay questions as we approach the relevant topics throughout the course.
1. According to realist theories of war, why should the United States be concerned about the
rise of China? What is Beckley’s response, and do you agree?
2. According to the tradition of liberalism, what explains state behavior, and what makes
democracies unique in terms of their foreign policy?
3. What is conventional warfare? Please attempt to define it and describe some of its core
features.


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