Poli 007, Spring 2015--U.S. Foreign Policy: Quiz #1

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Poli 007, Spring 2015--U.S. Foreign Policy: Quiz #1

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What institution did U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Khalilzad turn to when he needed a profile of Nuri Al Maliki to decide whether he was a suitable person to back as Prime Minister?
    • A. 

      CIA

    • B. 

      DoD

    • C. 

      State

    • D. 

      NSC

  • 2. 
    What institutional actor had the biggest role at the outset of the Iraq conflict, in 2003?
    • A. 

      CIA

    • B. 

      State

    • C. 

      Congress

    • D. 

      DoD

  • 3. 
    Why don't the President and NSC play a bigger role in the Mali coup crisis portrayed in The Golden Hour?
    • A. 

      Because the President and NSC rarely get involved in foreign policy-making

    • B. 

      Because the interests of the U.S. in Mali are not big enough to merit Presidential attention

    • C. 

      Because U.S. policy goals in Mali reflect ideals over interests, and the President and NSC usually only get involved when interests are at play.

    • D. 

      Because the State Department is more powerful than the President in foreign policy-making

  • 4. 
    Which institution portrayed in The Golden Hour (mostly) championed ideals over interests?
    • A. 

      Congress

    • B. 

      State

    • C. 

      CIA

    • D. 

      DoD

  • 5. 
    What kind of role did the interest group portrayed in The Golden Hour play?
    • A. 

      It tried to influence key US government policymakers

    • B. 

      It represented foreign clients

    • C. 

      It had extensive networks and information that benefitted polciymakers

    • D. 

      All of the these

  • 6. 
    Say that we determine that a particular relationship--such as that between GW Bush and Maliki, or Judd Ryker and Larissa James--helps shape a policy. Which "I" is a useful analytical tool to explain the roots of that policy in this case?
    • A. 

      Individuals

    • B. 

      Institutions

    • C. 

      Ideals

    • D. 

      Interests

  • 7. 
    In the Golden Hour, the _____ and _______ focus on counter-terrorism, reflecting their ______ interests. But this focus does not necessarily reflect the U.S. national interest in Mali. 
    • A. 

      State, Congress, individual

    • B. 

      CIA, DoD, institutional

    • C. 

      Leibovitz, Ryker, personal

    • D. 

      James, Houston, divergent

  • 8. 
    Which of the following dynamics is best understood from an individual level of analysis?
    • A. 

      The way in which Judd Ryker's unit at State, S/CRU, is marginalized in the bureaucracy

    • B. 

      CIA analyst Sunday's energy and determination to present the facts to policymakers at State

    • C. 

      Defense Attache Houston's preoccupation with security and terrorists in Mali

    • D. 

      Leibovitz's efforts to influence Ryker

  • 9. 
    Which of the following potential roles of Congress as an institution is not portrayed in The Golden Hour?
    • A. 

      Setting conditions for funding foreign policy operations

    • B. 

      Oversight of State and DoD

    • C. 

      Direct contact with foreign leaders

    • D. 

      Confirming Presidential appointments of top foreign policy officials

  • 10. 
    In his chapter on Iraq, Rothkopf describes battles that took place between the DoD, led by Rumsfeld, and the White and NSC. Bush and the NSC thought they owed Iraqis assistance in building democratic institutions, while Rumsfeld argued that the U.S. should get in and out quickly and had no reason to promote democracy there. This clash reflected a battle between which of the following? 
    • A. 

      Interests vs. ideals

    • B. 

      Institutions vs. interest groups

    • C. 

      Ideals vs. individuals

    • D. 

      None of these

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