POLI 385 TERM PAPER

Research paper (25% of your grade): 1,500 words (not counting the footnotes and bibliography), typed, double-spaced, with properly documented footnotes and bibliography (15-20 sources). Paper is due on the day of our final exam.

Country briefing kind of approach.

Not tons of yada yada but tight prose, succinct point, but each point well-documented (and properly
documented)

BASE YOUR TERM PAPER ON THIS TEMPLATE:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/POLI+385+Template




Start with the materials in the country list of term paper topics

a. Congressional Research Service Report
[Begin with this one for your country]

*Follow the footnotes, if appropriate.

Here is the master list.
But check below for the specific one I want you to you for your chosen country.
Congressional Research Reports listing
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/

b. BBC News Country Profiles home page:
Use the Historical Timeline for your paper
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm

c. Country Studies home page (Library of Congress) [not available for some countries]
[read the parts necessary to understand your country]
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html



~~Then cycle through the following databases for your country.

CIA World Factbook (home page)
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments (CIA World Factbook)
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/world-leaders-1/

Migration Policy Institute
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/

Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International)
http://www.transparency.org/cpi2014

Pew Center [if other than an Hispanic country]
http://www.pewresearch.org/

Pew Hispanic Trends Project
http://www.pewhispanic.org/

Woodrow Wilson Center [for your country--if other than Latin America]
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/regions

Woodrow Wilson Center Latin American Program
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/latin-american-program

InSight Crime home [Columbia]
http://www.insightcrime.org
http://www.insightcrime.org/colombia-organized-crime-news

Washington Office on Latin America
http://www.wola.org/

Center for Justice and Accountability [for those doing Columbia]
http://www.cja.org/index.php

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
http://lanic.utexas.edu/las.html

Council of Foreign Relations home page
http://www.cfr.org/

US Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (US Department of State) home page
http://m.state.gov/mc1919.htm

US Embassies home [use for term paper country]
http://www.usembassy.gov/index.html

US Agency for International Development (USAID) [search by country]
http://www.usaid.gov/where-we-work

UN Global Issues
http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/

UN Human Development Reports
http://hdr.undp.org/en
http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Select from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the top right.
http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c2.html


~~Then use these three sources to develop a succinct last section of your paper for current problems in the country.

New York Times topics page
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/topics/

BBC News
www.bbcnews.com/news/

Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/






Listing of permissible countries for POLI 385 term paper

Start with the items listed below for your chosen country.

AMERICAS

Argentina: Background and U.S. Relations (December 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 43816 (19 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43816.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Argentina
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-18707514

Bolivia: In brief (April 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 43473 (13 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43473.pdf

Bolivia: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/botoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Bolivia
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-18727507

Columbia: Background, U.S. Relations, and Congressional Interest (November 2012)
Congressional Research Service Report 32250
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32250.pdf

Peace Talks in Columbia
Congressional Research Service Report 42982
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42982.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Columbia
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-19390026

Columbia: Country Study (Library of Congress)
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/pdf/CS_Colombia.pdf

Dominican Republic: Background and U.S. Relations (November 2012)
Congressional Research Service Report 41482 (19 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41482.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Dominican Republic
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-19246340

Haiti: Current Conditions and Congressional Concerns (May 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 42559 (38 pages)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42559.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Haiti
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-19548810

Panama: Background and U.S. Relations (June 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 43620 (20pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43620.pdf

Panama: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/patoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Panama
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-19888936

Peru: Political and Economic Conditions and Relations with the U.S. (June 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 42523 (20 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42523.pdf

Peru: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/petoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Peru
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-19928905


ASIA

Burma (Myanmar): U.S. Policy--Issues for the 113th Congress (March 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 43035 (48 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43035.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Burma (Myanmar)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-12990563

Cambodia: U.S.-Cambodia Relations and Issues for the 113th Congress (July 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 43113 (19 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43113.pdf

Cambodia: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/khtoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Cambodia
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-13006539

Malaysia: Background and U.S. Relations (May 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 43505 (19 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43505.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Malaysia
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-15356257

Mongolia: Issues for Congress (September 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 41867 36 pages)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41867.pdf

Mongolia: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/mntoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Mongolia
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-15460525

Philippines:

The Republic of the Philippines and U.S. Interests—2014
(CRS Report 43498)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43498.pdf

Phillipines: Country Study
http://www.loc.gov/item/92039812/

BBC New Country profile: Philippines
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-15521300

Thailand: Background and U.S. Relations (June 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 32593 (22 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32593.pdf

Thailand: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/thtoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Thailand
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-15581957

Vietnam-U.S. Relations: Current Issues and Implications for U.S. Policy (June 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 40208 (39 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R40208.pdf

Vietnam: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/vntoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Vietnam
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-16567315


WEST ASIA

Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Political Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests (April 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 33453 (70 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33453.pdf

Azerbaijan: Recent Developments and U.S. Interests (February 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 97-522 (33 PP.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/97-522.pdf

Azerbaijan: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/aztoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Azerbaijan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17043424

Kazakhstan: Recent Developments and U.S. Interests (July 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 97-1058 (28 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/97-1058.pdf

Kazakhstan: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/kztoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Kazakhstan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-15263826

Kyrgyzstan: Recent Developments and U.S. Interests (August 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 97-690 (30 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/97-690.pdf

Kyrgyzstan: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/kgtoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Kyrgyzstan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-16186907

Uzbekistan: Recent Developments and U.S. Interests (August 2023)
Congressional Research Service Report 21238 (29 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS21238.pdf

Uzbekistan: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/uztoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Uzbekistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-16218112


AFRICA

Algeria: Current Issues (November 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 21532 (19 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS21532.pdf

Algeria: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/dztoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Algeria
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14118852

Central African Republic Crisis (May 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 43377 (18 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43377.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Central African Republic
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13150040

Democratic Republic of Congo: Background and U.S. Policy (February 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 43166 (23 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43166.pdf

CRS: US-Africa Leaders' Summit
http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43655.pdf

Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire): Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/zrtoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Democratic Republic of Congo
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13283212

Guinea: In Brief (October 2014)
Congressional Research Service Report 40703 (14 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R40703.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Guinea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13442051

Kenya-U.S. Relations: Current Political and Security Issues (September 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report (21 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42967.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Kenya
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13681341

Malawi: Recent Developments and U.S. Relations (March 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 42856 (23 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42856.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Malawi
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13864367

Mali (January 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 42664 (21 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42664.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Mali
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13881370

Morocco: Current Issues (October 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 21579 (20 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS21579.pdf

Must include this one from CRS: US-Africa Leaders' Summit
http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43655.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Morocco
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14121438

Nigeria: Current Issues and U.S. Policy (April 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 33964 (26 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33964.pdf

Nigeria: Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ngtoc.html

BBC News Country Profile: Nigeria
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13949550

Senegal: Background and U.S. Relations (June 2013)
Congressional Research Service Report 41369 (15 pp.)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41369.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Senegal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14093674

Uganda: need to add the overview data here

Uganda: Current Conditions and the Crisis in North Uganda (June 2011)
Congressional Research Service Report 33701
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33701.pdf

Must include this one from CRS: US-Africa Leaders' Summit
http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43655.pdf

BBC News Country Profile: Uganda
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14107906

Uganda Country Study (Library of Congress)
http://www.loc.gov/item/92000513/


TERM PAPER GRADING RUBRIC**

FORM

All essays must be typed, double-spaced, with standard margins, on 8 ½” x 11” white paper. All citations must follow the format recommended by Kate Turabian or The Chicago Manual of Style.

CRITERIA

Superior (Grade: A)
  • Addresses a well-defined, significant, thoughtfully selected topic or question.
  • Addresses the question fully and explores the issues thoughtfully.
  • Shows substantial depth, fullness, and complexity of thought. Goes beyond the obvious. Offers illuminating insights.
  • Demonstrates clear, focused, unified, and coherent organization.
  • Is fully developed and detailed.
  • Evidences superior control of diction, syntactic variety, and transition. May have a few minor flaws.
  • Flawless footnotes.

Strong (Grade: B)
  • Addresses a well-defined, significant topic or question.
  • Clearly addresses the question and explores the issues.
  • Shows some depth and complexity of thought. Demonstrates recognition of important ideas.
  • Is effectively organized.
  • Is well-developed, with supporting detail and good citation technique.
  • Demonstrates control of diction, syntactic variety, and transition. May have a few flaws.

Competent (Grade: C)
  • Addresses a clearly defined topic or question.
  • Adequately addresses the question and explores the issues.
  • Shows clarity of thought but may lack complexity. May tend to rely on the obvious and the cliché.
  • Is organized.
  • Is adequately developed, with some detail.
  • Demonstrates competent writing. May have some flaws.
  • Minor flaws in footnotes.

Weak (Grade: D)
  • Addresses an ill-defined or ill chosen topic or question.
  • May distort or neglect parts of the question.
  • May be simplistic or stereotyped in thought. May be essentially uninformative.
  • May demonstrate problems in organization. May be aimless.
  • May have generalizations without supporting detail or detail without generalizations. May be undeveloped.
  • May show patterns of flaws in language, syntax, mechanics, and citation.

Incompetent (Grade: F)
  • Failed attempts to begin discussing the topic.
  • Deliberately off-topic papers. Failure to understand the topic.
  • Papers so incompletely developed as to suggest or demonstrate incompetence.
  • Papers wholly incompetent mechanically.
  • Seriously flawed or absent footnotes.