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AP Government and Politics
December 14, 2016
Paper on Presidential Leadership in the O bam a Era
Requirem ents: Due Date — Friday, January 13, 2017. Paper should be 4-5 pages in
length, 1300-1500 words. Please use formatting and research guidelines from the most
recent edition of the Pingry Manual of Style.
1. Analyze the Obama administration’s response to the Syrian civil war and the rise
of the so-called Islamic State, and evaluate the degree to which President Obama
has exerted effective presidential leadership on this issue. To do this you have to
examine the President’s objectives as well as his principal strategies for achieving
2. Despite their many differences on other issues, it appears that Republicans are
united on the need to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. To what
degree has the creation and management of the ACA truly been a “failed”
presidential initiative on the part of President Obama, and to what degree is the
opposition to it reflective of less legitimate and more suspect motivations, such as
interest group resistance, partisan obstructionism, ideological rigidity, or ignorance?
Note: In order to address the presidential leadership half of this topic, you should draw
mainly on our class readings in Wilson and other assigned essays and articles. For the
Syria/ISIS policy dimension or the Health Care Reform dimension, you will need to do
outside research in the major national media, publications of prominent “think tanks”,
and opinion journals. In your research you should not put major reliance on short op-eds
or “snapshot” news articles, but on “feature” articles and longer analytical reports. You
should make use of a minimum of five such sources.