11.11 - The US in a Globalizing World

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The United States’ political and economic status in the world has faced external and internal challenges related to international conflicts, economic competition, and globalization. Throughout this time period, the nation has continued to debate and define its role in the world.

The United States created a coalition to defeat Iraq in the Persian Gulf War (1991), but was reluctant to commit American military power through the rest of the decade.
  • Students will examine the decision of President George H. W. Bush to oppose Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Students will evaluate the positive and negative consequences of the Persian Gulf War.
  • Students will trace United States foreign policy regarding Bosnia, Rwanda, and Kosovo, exploring the tension between defending human rights and the reluctance to intervene stemming from the Vietnam syndrome.
11.11b In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States launched the War on Terror, which involved controversial foreign and domestic policies.
  • Students will trace the reactions to the September 11, 2001, attacks, including responses of the American public, the authorization of the War on Terror, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act.
  • Students will examine the decision to invade Iraq, which was based on allegations concerning weapons of mass destruction, and trace the course of the war.
  • Students will evaluate the USA PATRIOT Act, including constitutional issues raised about the violation of civil liberties by the federal government’s electronic surveillance programs.
11.11c Globalization and advances in technology have affected the United States economy and society.
  • Students will examine the positive and negative consequences of globalization in relation to the United States economy.
  • Students will investigate the role of multinational corporations and their influence on both the United States economy and on other countries around the world.
  • Students will examine the economic relationship and the strategic rivalry between the United States and China.

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