Political Profiling Methods
Assignment – Research Proposal/Design 1. Development of a research proposal that is focused upon profiling Nasir al-Wahishi current proclaimed leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Your proposal should be 6-8 pages in length (not including title page and reference page) and must include the following: Introduction. Your introduction should identify your specific research question and should set the general context for the study. Within your introduction you need to discuss the following: Statement of the problem or general research question and context leading to a clear statement of the specific research question. Background and contextual material justifying why we should study this leader and the potential implications (theoretical, methodological, and etc) this study will have. Purpose statement Literature Review. This section should include a review of the literature as it pertains to your specific research question. The literature review focuses on discussing how other researchers have attempted to address a similar question, or have used a profile method that will inform your research design. Within a research proposal, the literature review section introduces your study and places it into a larger context that includes a discussion of why it is important to study this leader using your proposed framework. This section should demonstrate the current state of our accumulated knowledge as it relates to your specific research question. Within this section you should: Summarize the general state of the literature (cumulative knowledge base) on the specific research question. Short conclusion and transition to the theoretical framework section. Theoretical Framework. The theoretical framework section develops the theories or models to be used in the study and shows how you have developed testable research hypotheses. This section should pull from the body of knowledge that demonstrates how personality matters when it comes to decision-making, and how personality can be accessed from a distance. Your discussion should include: Introduction discussing gaps in the literature, how this study will help fill some of those gaps, and justification for theory or model to be used in the study. Summary of the theory or model to be used in the study. Statement of the hypothesis to be tested. Research Design. Your research design ultimately describes how you will test your hypothesis and carry out your analysis of your research question. Since you are assigned to profile a world leader, your research design must include a discussion of the profile methods (analytic methods) you intend to use to carry out your study. You will also need to discuss the types of data you will need (something largely dictated by your chosen profile methods), and how you will operationalize and collect data. Within this section you should also discuss any potential weaknesses, biases, or limitations you foresee and your plan to mitigate these issues. Reference List. As with all academic work, you should reference the works that you have cited (direct quotes or paraphrases) in the text using the Turabian/Chicago parenthetical citation method.

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