Assignment 1: 1000 word essay
Using the theories, concepts and ideas you have learnt in POL161 so far, write a critical
review of one of the following articles:
John J. Mearsheimer, “Can China Rise Peacefully?”, The National Interest, 2014.
G. John Ikenberry, “The Rise of China and the Future of the West: Can the Liberal System
Survive?”, Foreign Affairs, Vol. 87, No. 1 (Jan-Feb 2008), pp. 23-37. Available in the
Murdoch Library. ‘CAN CHINA RISE TO POWER PEACEFULLY?’ BY JOHN MEARSHEIMER.
While the two authors discuss the same subject, they approach it from different theoretical
perspectives. For this reason, you MUST read both articles and use one to critique the other.
This is in addition to you reading at least FIVE other sources to critique either Mearsheimer
or Ikenberry. ‘CAN CHINA RISE TO POWER PEACEFULLY?’ BY JOHN MEARSHEIMER.
Before embarking on it, please read the information below regarding writing a critical review
How to write a critical review essay
• The review should follow the conventions of writing an essay with an introduction, main
body and a conclusion. Please do not use headings for these sections. This is not a
business report.‘CAN CHINA RISE TO POWER PEACEFULLY?’ BY JOHN MEARSHEIMER.
• The body should contain a short summary of the article in question and a critique of it.
• Your review should be an argument with a thesis that expresses your judgment of the
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• Support any statements you make, including your opinions, with evidence,
explanations and examples.
• A few well chosen quotations can convey the ‘flavour’ of the author’s style as well as
illustrating a point. ‘CAN CHINA RISE TO POWER PEACEFULLY?’ BY JOHN MEARSHEIMER.
• Read the article, consider propositions, take a perspective and then find other articles
• You also need to read other materials listed in the first few weeks of this unit before
embarking on your review. The purpose of reading other materials is so that you
understand that there is more than one perspective.
• We use the critical review essay to give you the opportunity to demonstrate you
understand that other perspectives exist and to give you the chance to develop a
hypothesis. You should support your opinion by other refereed opinion, while, as you
write, include counter opinion (but not shoot it down). Your conclusion, therefore, draws
together these threads and, on balance, the argument you put forward favours your
perspective.‘CAN CHINA RISE TO POWER PEACEFULLY?’ BY JOHN MEARSHEIMER.
‘CAN CHINA RISE TO POWER PEACEFULLY?’ BY JOHN MEARSHEIMER
Critical review of ‘Can China Rise to Power Peacefully?’ by John Mearsheimer
China has been classified as one of the rapid developing countries and a threat to America and other European great economies. Different writers have tried to explain the effects and impact that the growth will have on China and other parts of the world. China is a threat to other super power countries, as in a few years China will control the world as they will have out grown any economy. In his book ‘Can China Rise to Power Peacefully?’ John J. Mearsheimer establishes the growth of China and the possible effects that the growth will have on other countries. The book explains the growth of China and the potential challenges that might encounter. The paper is a critical review of John Mearsheimer work book ‘Can China Rise to Power Peacefully?’ and takes the perspective that although china will develop and overtake America it will not raise peacefully……
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