Posted: November 4th, 2015
Each policy position should be approximately a single page in length
(single‐spaced for a total of two pages for both simulation issues), and
must include a brief historical discussion of that state’s policies in
that issue area, followed by a succinct bullet form encapsulation of its
policies (what it would do if confronted with that issue again), and a
brief bibliography to indicate the source of the material. The
bibliography must include at least one recent Internet source and at
least one relevant library source. Students are not to fabricate policies
and must provide citations for all the state’s listed policies. Internet
links related to the state’s foreign policy are welcome in the
The policy paper is worth 10% of the total grade in this course.
Students are assigned a country based on their choices and the grades
received up to that point in the course (participation grades determine
rank and mid‐term grades are tie‐breakers). The website will post an
updated tallied list of states that have already been taken on a weekly
basis. Do not begin writing the policy paper until you have received
confirmation that your chosen state is not taken by another student.
Policy Paper Topics
What is the given state’s policy on multilateral international pollution control,
specifically in the area of sea pollution and radioactive materials? What
traditional strategies would the state adopt in the event of a crisis? What is the
state’s domestic population’s likely reaction to a pollution disaster? How
dependent is the state on nearby fishing stocks and other economic uses of the
oceans more generally? How dependent is the state on nuclear generators for its
supply of energy?
Policy Paper #2:
What is the given state’s policy on ensuring the continued supply of oil to the
world? How far is it likely to go to ensure this access and what multilateral
approaches would it undertake to supplement other approaches to such a blockage?
Where does the state traditionally obtain its oil supplies, what short-term
alternatives exist, and how self-sufficient is the state? Is the state likely to
gain or lose in the event of a sudden shortage in the supply of oil, and is it a
member of OPEC?
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