International Relations Project
Objective: You and a partner will research and analyze a current international relations conflict that does not directly involve the United States. An IR conflict occurs when one sovereign state has a strong disagreement or antagonist relationship with, or adopts a coercive foreign policy against, another sovereign state. It could be war or violence, but it may also be a trade, border, humanitarian, or other conflict.
You will analyze the conflict through several lenses—its origins (installment 1), the IR theory that best explains it (installment 2), and the role of international organizations OR the international economy in the conflict (installment 3). Lastly, you will propose a viable solution to the conflict (installment 4).
Audience: You have two options:
By Wednesday, February 9 at midnight: Sign up for an IR conflict (Moodle > IR Project > Conflict Sign-Up). You will use the same IR conflict as the basis for your entire IR project, so be sure to choose a conflict that will hold your attention for the entire semester.
Four Installments—You will write four installments for this project. As you move forward with this project, take into consideration my feedback on previous installments. Making the same or similar errors on subsequent installments will incur strong penalties.
Installment 1: Identify and describe the international relations conflict and its origins. (600-900 words or 4-5 minutes)
Installment 2: Consider the major IR theories (realism, liberalism, constructivism, post-modernism, Marxism, and feminism). Which one best explains the conflict that you have identified? Evaluate the conflict through the lens of that theory. (600-900 words or 4-5 minutes)
Installment 3: Investigate the roles that at least two international organizations have played in this conflict OR the role of the international economy in the conflict. Describe and analyze how the organizations or economic matters have contributed to or helped to resolve the conflict. (600-900 words or 4-5 minutes)
Installment 4: Propose and defend a viable solution to the conflict. Considering the situation in full (maybe economic interests, the role of terrorism, the history of the conflict, leadership, security issues, or other contextually important elements), explain why your proposed solution is likely to be successful. (1000-1200 words or 6-8 minutes, counts twice the others)
Does not meet Meets Exceeds
Objective 2 4 6 8 10
You adhere to the parameters of the objective
You demonstrate an understanding of material
Content 2 4 6 8 10
You explain ideas clearly and in detail
You avoid generalizations and incorporate specific examples as needed
You synthesize ideas
You critically analyze
Organization 1 2 3 4 5
The content is logical and flows nicely
The project is neat and well-formatted, if written
Writing 2 4 6 8 10
Your writing or speaking is clear and concise
Your communication is skillful and fluent
Your installment is publication-ready (free of typos and grammatical errors)
Evidence + support 2 4 6 8 10
Your sources are sufficient in number and well-vetted (credible, relevant)
All sources are properly referenced in the Bibliography
Logistics 1 2 3 4 5
Your installment is the appropriate length
Your contributions are equal those of your partner
You submit your installments on time and as a word doc or