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CUA Politics 112: Comparative Politics
Week 6 – Your Papers

Welcome to the part of the course where you choose your own area of inquiry. The details of the paper requirements are on our facebook group page, under Files > Paper Instructions.  Notice that instead of an in-class presentation, you’ll post a short video on our facebook page.  Choose a topic relevant to our course – but that is a very wide umbrella of topics.

You and I should have already discussed your paper topic – in person, by email, fb msg, etc.  If we have not, please email me at Quirk@cua asap.

Three deliverables:

1 – by this Thursday, August 3, you should post here approx 100 words on your paper topic.

2 – by next Wednesday, August 9, you should email your paper to me,

3 – by next Thursday, August 10, you should post a one- to two-minute video (and definitely not more than three minutes) to our facebook group – what your paper question was, and what you learned, and why it was interesting, etc.  Make us smart.

Ok, everyone – this is the part that you do yourself –  pursue something you’re curious about, really dig into it, and deliver a showcase paper, something you can use as a short writing sample for future jobs, internships, etc.


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  1. The recent events in the world have steadily seemed to rebuild intense trust issues between the west and Russia. to this end organizations in the region have created transnational organizations such as NATO which are an agreed upon group for mutual defense. However, Russia was not included in this, as its neighbors such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have been let in. To add insult to injury more and more weapons were placed on the close borders of Nato which have been seen as an affront or threat to Russia. This buildup has left to the crisis in Ukraine, Crimea, and the now increasing tensions in the Baltic Sea and within nations that have crossed paths with Russia. This is an issue that is simply not about right or wrong, but is instead about a need for comparative looks at the political issues that are causing this re-emergence of Cold War era styled issues.

    1. Great, Mohammed. NATO was formed after World War II against the threat of the Soviet Union. When the USSR broke up, Russia fiercely opposed letting former Soviet states join NATO. The current problems in Ukraine stem from this larger issue (and a specific economic deal) of whether Ukraine would be more oriented toward Moscow or the West.

  2. While some issues only impact certain countries or regions, climate change is an issue that truly affects the entire globe. Multinational agreements like the Paris Climate Accord have attempted to forge international cooperation on climate change. Despite this, much in depth climate policy remains on the national level. Countries like the United States, France, and China all have different policies aimed at curbing the effects of climate change. These policies involve various measures, including producing more clean energy, transitioning to electric vehicles, and various regulations. Due to the global nature of the climate change, it is important to look at the initiative that various global leaders are tackling the problem.

  3. War has been a lethal virus that has been infecting mankind ever since the first civilizations over 6000 years ago. Only recently has history been changing to where we can see a world that, when compared to our history, is generally quite at peace. There has been a very steady decline in the number of deaths from wars, which are classified as have cause over 1000 deaths, and a great decline in the deaths from and number of armed conflicts, which are classified as causing between 25 and 999 deaths. This has a direct correlation to the explosion of democracy that has taken place over recent history, and even today there have not been any recorded wars between major any democracies. This is not to say that there aren’t any terrible wars or armed conflicts occurring today, but history is showing that we are moving in the right direction.

  4. My paper is going to be about exploring North Korea’s education system. Originally I was going to compare and contrast two different countries, but I decided to stick to North Korea because it is so unlike any other education system. I will be referring to a bunch of different sources throughout my paper that have to do with refugees, the society, and politics behind North Korea’s education system. I understand the possibility of limited resources of being provided by the government itself, but the sources I found from the refugees reveal a realistic portrayal of the education system.

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