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Picking up the Pieces: Final Research Paper
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Picking Up the Pieces

Final Research Paper




Your final assignment in this class will be an independent research paper that applies what we have learned about conflict resolution, the international legal system, and post-conflict reconstruction to a region that has recently emerged from conflict. 


This paper will present an overview of the situation in your selected post-conflict region followed by an analysis of current reconstruction strategies and finally, your own opinion on the best path forward.  Your paper will be divided into three sections.


Section 1: The Conflict

Focus on the recent history of the region, focusing on the causes and course of the conflict, as well as the end of the conflict.


Section 2: Reconstruction

Focus on the current system of reconciliation, successes of this system and current problems in this process of rebuilding.  Areas of reconciliation might include disarmament/demilitarization, government reform/elections, trials, truth commissions, reparations/compensation, education, security and memorialization.


Section 3:  Policy Suggestions

Focus on what still needs to be done and make three specific policy recommendations that will lead to a more stable and peaceful future for this region.


Possible Regions of Conflict

**you are not limited to these choices – speak to me if you have another interest**




Sri Lanka

Northern Ireland


Sierra Leone


Democratic Republic of Congo


East Timor




South Africa







Specific Requirements


This is a full research paper and thus should total at least 6 pages, DST.  All usual formal research paper requirements apply – research must be done based on credible sources and all information must be footnoted and cited in correct Chicago format and should include a complete bibliography.  You may consider adding visuals (such as maps) but these should be in an appendix at the end of the paper.  Neither the bibliography nor visuals will count towards page length.


Due Dates




Thursday, February 11th

Region Chosen

Thursday, February 18th

Outline Chart Completed (returned 02/18)

Wednesday, February 23rd

Option Rough Draft Check

Friday, February 25th

Rough Drafts Returned

History Exam Day (TBA)

Final Draft




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