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Picking up the Pieces: Final Research Paper
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Conflict Resolution Research Paper Detailed Questions

International Conflict Resolution

Final Research Paper

Winter 2011


Section I: The Conflict

Goals: Provide an overview of the recent history of the region, particularly with a focus on the recent conflict.  Give reader context for discussion of reconstruction efforts.  This section will serve as your introduction.


Specifics:  What “neighborhood” is the region in?  Was it once a colony?  Has it always been a world power?  (This might be a good place to insert maps.) 


Are there any long-standing territorial, ethnic or political disputes that were root causes of the conflict?  Who were the major involved groups? 


What sparked the conflict?    What were the major events of the conflict?  What was the involvement of the international community? 


How did the conflict come to an end?  Was there a peace treaty and if so, what was the process?  What is its political status today? 


Part II: The Reconstruction Process

Goal: Explain the system of reconciliation and reconstruction that is in place today.  Assess both successes and failures of this system.


Specifics: Have all combatants been demilitarized?  Have they been formally reintegrated into society? 


Is there a formal post-conflict system?  Does it include trials?  Truth commissions?  Is or was the international community involved?  Are there peace-keeping troops on the ground? 


Has there been major government reform?  Have elections been held?  Has there been a focus on refugee return and reintegration?  Has there been a process of awarding reparations? Has there been a focus on reforming the security system?  Education system?  What other reconciliation steps have been taken?


Broadly, how successful has the current reconciliation system been?  What is the stability of the region today?  What parts of the reconstruction process have worked well?


What problems still exist in the region?  Are there continuing ethnic or political tensions?  Border disputes? 


Part III: Policy Suggestions

Goal: Provide concrete policy suggestions.  This section will serve as your conclusion.


Specifics: What are your three specific suggestions for helping this country to create a more stable and peaceful future?  Why are these the three most important areas?  How involved should the international community be? 


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