# Structuring Problems of Energy Policy and International Security

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Assignment 1: Argument Mapping
Due Week 3 and worth 150 points

Preparation
·
Review Chapters 2 and 8.
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Review the following cases:
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o Case 1.3: The Influence Diagram and Decision
Tree – Structuring Problems of Energy Policy and International Security.
o Case 1.4: The Argument Map – Problem
Structuring in National Defense and Transportation Policy, including Figure
C1.4.1 about the Cuban Missile Crisis and C1.4.2 about the 55-mph speed
limit.
o Case 8.1: Pros and Cons of Balkan
Intervention.

Read Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 1.

Read Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 8.

Read Demonstration Exercise 4 located at the end of Chapter
8.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 1 for
criteria 1-3.)
1. Create an argument map based on the
influence diagram presented in Case 1.3 and complete all the criteria provided
in the exercise, beginning with this claim: “The U.S. should return to the 55-
mph speed limit in order to conserve fuel and save lives.”
2. Include in the map as many warrants, backings, objections, and rebuttals as
possible.
3. Assume that the original qualifier was certainly; indicate whether the
qualifier changes as we move from a simple, static, uncontested argument to a
complex, dynamic and contested argument.

(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 8 for
criterion 4.)
4. Apply the argument mapping procedures
presented in Chapter 8 to analyze the pros and cons (or strengths and
weaknesses) of the recommendations that the United States should not intervene
in the Balkans. (Refer to Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of
Chapter 8.)(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 4 located at the end of
Chapter 8 for criteria 5-7.)
5. Write an analysis of 1-2 pages that uses critical thinking to assess the
overall plausibility of the claim: “The conflict in Bosnia is somebody else’s
trouble. The U.S. should not intervene militarily.”
6. Complete an argument map to illustrate your analysis.
7. Provide at least two (2) academic or government resources to support your
views regarding the proposed U.S. response to the conflict in Bosnia. (Note: Do
not use open source Websites such Wikipedia, Sparknotes.com, Ask.com, and similar
Websites are not acceptable resources.)

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12),
with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA.

Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the
student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover
page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page
length.

Use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Draw, PowerPoint, or other
graphics program to create the arguments maps for the assignment. Whichever
program you use, the graphical maps must be integrated into the Word Document
and labeled as a Figure with a number and title. The argument maps are part of
the page length.
The specific course learning outcomes
associated with this assignment are:

Analyze the historical context, basic concepts, strategies, and
/ or models of public policy.

Examine the nature, characteristics, models, and / or methods
pertinent to the structuring of policy problems.

Examine the process of policy argument development.

Use technology and information resources to research issues in
policy analysis and program evaluation.

Write clearly and concisely about policy analysis and program
evaluation using proper writing mechanics.

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