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 bibliography.
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.
Students who do not submit a policy paper may not select a state for the simulations and may consequently not participate in the simulations. Late submissions will be penalized.
Policy Paper Topics
Each student must submit a policy paper as per the deadline indicated in the Agenda of the course syllabus outlining a given state’s foreign policy positions on both issues immediately mentioned below:
Policy Paper #1:
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?