Tutor profile: Aditya B.
Explain the utility of a semicolon.
In my opinion, the semicolon's slight functional ambiguity allows for a subjective use of the punctuation mark; I, for instance, use it to coherently articulate two distinct aspects of a unified argument, such as its explanation alongside a provided example of its correct usage.
Subject: Political Science
What is the most salient functional distinction between a presidential structure, and a constitutional majoritarian government?
In a presidential structure, there is a clear separation of powers between the legislature, which is the parliament in a state, and the executive, led by the President. Since the president is not elected through parliamentary elections, but is instead elected separately, the executive cannot be dissolved by the parliament. In a constitutional majoritarian government, however, the elected parliamentarians select their Prime Ministerial candidate, who wields the equivalent of presidential powers in this environment, leading a cabinet similarly comprised of elected parliamentarians.
Subject: International Relations
Of the three major strands of thought in IR Theory - realist, liberal, and constructivist - which perspective best explains the American political leadership's role in recent US-Iran tensions?
In my opinion, even a rudimentary analysis of the Trump administration's most relevant decisions in this episode rule out the possibility that they were functioning under liberalist assumptions, as the very act of launching a pre-emptive attack on an opposition leader in a major oil-producing state implies that economic forces were of secondary concern. Moreover, President Trump's aggressive threats in the wake of General Suleimani's assassination, including raising the possibility of committing war crimes by targeting culturally-salient Iranian sites, demonstrates a lack of concern for "constructed" international norms and maintaining the diplomatic status quo. Thus, pre-emptively assassinating a foreign military leader, albeit on the basis of credible intelligence regarding a future attack on American embassies, clearly conveys a prioritization of territorial control, and an overriding focus on aggressive realism.
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