Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – November 2017

Issue 1: North Korea RAND Corporation’s “Striking First: Preemptive Attack in U.S. National Security” The Hill: “How Trump’s Military Options with North Korea Could Play Out” The U.S. Army’s Backgrounder: “The Korean War: 1950-1953”’s Pros and Cons of Military Intervention CNBC Column: “Here’s the Only Way to Fix North Korea” Issue 2: Paris Climate Agreement Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord (June 1, 2017) Wikipedia: Global Warming Controversy 2014 National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program PBS Column: “Why the U.S. Should Remain in the Paris Climate Agreement”  The Guardian: Best Arguments from Climate Scientist Skeptics 
Issue 1: North Korea
  1. Do you support the position that the U.S. should strike against North Korea preemptively? Why or why not?
  2. Read the U.S. Army’s historical backgrounder on the Korean War (see link above). Do you think North Korea’s stringent dislike of the U.S. is fair? Why or why not?
  3. Read’s Pros and Cons of Military Intervention (see link above). Do you agree more with the pros or the cons? What are the reasons for your position?
  4. It’s estimated that between 150,000 and 200,000 North Koreans live in prison camps where as many as 40% of the camps’ prisoners die from malnutrition. Why do you think Kim Jong Un does this to his people?
  5. Read the RAND Corporation’s “Striking First” commentary (see link above). Do you agree with the author’s reasoning? Why or why not?
Issue 2: Paris Climate Agreement
  1. What is your position on climate change? Do you think it is caused by human activity or not? Outline your arguments and defend your position.
  2. Compare and contrast the pro/con congressional quotes on p. 3 of the newsletter. Whose opinion do you agree with the most, and why?
  3. Do you support the U.S. rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement? Why or why not?
  4. According to the Wiki article on “Global Warming Controversy” (link above), disputes over the key scientific facts of global warming are more prevalent in the U.S. than globally. Why do you think this is so?
  5. Read the PBS opinion piece (link above). Do you agree or disagree with the assertions made in the article? Why or why not?