Read the following paragraph and restructure it to improve clarity and effectiveness, while maintaining its core concept: "All students of music should recognize that their chosen course of study is a special privilege. Studies repeatedly show that musicians tend to have high levels of special talent including: math skills, spacial reasoning, and logic. Thus, music students with these skills are giving up using their abilities in these ways for their profession; and only those with privilege have the chance to make this choice and pursue music formally."
Studies demonstrate that students of music often have high ability in academic areas like math and logical reasoning. These skills could typically lead to employment in fields considered "practical" like engineering or the law. Yet, some argue that when students choose to study music, they reject their opportunity to pursue a practical field. Not everyone has the financial ability to pursue a field with less certain employment prospects, and thus students formally studying music should recognize their unique privilege.
Should the US pursue a unilateral, bilateral, or multilateral strategy in tackling challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, and why? What are the challenges the US should prioritize?
Some of the most pressing challenges include the North Korean security threat, the economic and political rise of China, the possible expansion of extremist networks throughout Asia, and the erosion of democracy in Southeast Asia which could have political and/or security ramifications for East Asia. Historical experience shows that both unilateral and bilateral action in Asia can pose substantial difficulties for the US. The nation must pay special attention to its unique relationships with both China and Japan, as well as their enduring tension with each other. In selecting bilateral approaches with one or the other, the US risks alienating a key strategic and economic partner. In selecting unilateralism, the US may alienate both. The most ideal approach is likely one of carefully considered and executed multilateralism. All parties have a vested interest in neutralization of the North Korean nuclear threat, and coordinating with major allies, including South Korea, on diplomatic, military, and economic routes forward will present the broadest range of possible effective actions. With other issues like the rise of China, multilateralism still provides the best path forward. By working to create strong alliances and cooperation networks with Asian nations, the US can create a counterbalance to China's search for regional hegemony while improving its own economic and political network and reach. Primarily bilateral approaches could appear smaller nations as imperial tendencies, and this is even more true for a unilateral approach. Strategic multilateralism positions the US to achieve its goals in the Asia-Pacific without hedging its bets on only one ally or another.
What makes a "good" government?
It is a question that has been debated throughout history. One approach could examine to what degree a government achieves its primary goals, perhaps security, liberty, and/or prosperity. A popular conception of political power is that a state holds power when it claims a "monopoly on the legitimate use of force." This force is only legitimate when it furthers the interests of the citizens whom it serves. Thus, one interpretation of a "good" government is one in which political power is derived from the achievement of publicly beneficial ends.