Taking Sides: “Is Saudi Arabia Moving toward Increased Democratization and/or Liberalization?”

  • Please carefully read explanations that appear in the course syllabus!
  • You have been assigned the following Issues from Taking Sides: “Is Saudi Arabia Moving toward Increased Democratization and/or Liberalization?” and “Is a Two-state Diplomatic Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Possible or Likely in the Near Future?”
  • For this assignment, begin by choosing ONE of these Issues to focus on.
  • This assignment offers you an opportunity to critically assess both sides of the argument (there could be more than two sides, but we are only discussing two passes here!). First, read both sides of the Issue that you have selected. Then, explain whether each perspective passes what we might call the “critical assessment test.” Here, you might assess the logic, examples and conclusions that each author is using to make his or her case.  Finally, explain what your perspective is on the above question. Do you agree with one side or the other? Explain.
  • Make sure to draw on An Introduction to Global Studies in your assessment of the issue.  Cite accordingly. Hint:  What does the assigned chapter from this week say about human rights and its promotion?  This could be one connection to make.  Does this chapter lend support to the Yes or No side that you have read?

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