1. understand the history of a problem in an international relationscontext, including the theories and concepts at play within it; 2. present a case study in which the problem is identifiable and compelling; 3. offer a solution or the practical application of a model. Questions to ask in creating the paper text: Introduction – What is the problem that needs to be addressed? You should address the issues listed below Background – What is the history of the problem? Issues – What are at least three-four issues within the problem? Be aware of the themes (our weekly content) for the course and try to choose issues that dovetail with the course themes. Research and Analysis Questions -. Use the subheadings provided in order to give your reader a roadmap! Complicating Issues What is getting in the way of a solution? Fully explain two-three complications. Possible Solutions How could the problem be solved? Provide a few different ideas from various theoretical viewpoints studied in the course. Back them up with research that you have found. Recommendation – Given the complicating factors, what is the best solution? Why? Back up your ideas with research or an analogous model (something that has worked in a slightly similar situation that you could apply to this problem). Summary – Anticipated Outcome What effect will the solution have on the problem? (Be sure to summarize problem in its entirety in the summary, including the solution and anticipated outcome.) Remember: All research papers need to have a thesis statement – which is answer to your research question. You may not really know what your overall \”answer\” or thesis is until you\’ve written the first draft of the paper. That is okay. Go back to compose your introductory paragraph to include the thesis. You are writing an explanatory research paper. It is important to write in third person (not first) in a formal paper. Take yourself out of the paper as much as possible. Present arguments with supporting research that is logical and solid, showing that you understand the issue at hand and the theoretical IR concepts behind it. Your overall paper will be 5 to 7 pages (plus a References List that does not count toward the limit), double-spaced, 12 point font.

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