This research paper is an open one. You are free to select any problem you wish. However, you must choose a contemporary and unresolved problem. To get you started, you might consider a problem from one of these general areas:
Diplomacy and conflict resolution
When you develop your research question, think of a specific issue that falls within one of these general areas (or another area of your choice). For example, if you want to write about diplomacy and conflict resolution, you might analyze the issue of Iran and its nuclear weapons program using neoliberal theory. Develop your thesis according to the specific problem you intend to explore and the theory you intend to use to analyze it. In your paper, use the theory you have chosen to provide insight into the problem at hand. Propose possible solutions to the problem or make predictions on the future of the issue based on the perspective that you have chosen. Finally, discuss why the theory you have chosen is the most appropriate for addressing the problem you have selected
If you wish, you may draw from multiple theoretical perspectives, but only if they are similar to one another. For instance, elements of constructivism and feminism could be used in concert with one another to analyze the problem, but theories that run counter to one another, such as realism and liberalism, should not be mixed.. I am interested in seeing how well you can apply the theory you have chosen to a specific situation.
Your research paper should be 8 pages long and include a bibliography.
Be selective with regard to any historical information or general background information on the problem you are analyzing. Do not let your paper get bogged down in providing history about the problem to the detriment of your analysis of the issue. IA Theories/Terms:
?Zero sum game
?Non-zero sum game
?Rational actor model
?Power capabilities vs. intentions
?Kantian constraints on state behavior
?Horkheimer: eclipse of reason
?Habermas: communicative action
?Ideal speech situation
?Struggle for recognition
?Society of states
?Pluralism vs solidarism
?The International Criminal Court
?Social construction of reality
??Anarchy is what the state makes of it?
?Responsibility to protect
?English school (social interactions/production of norms and rules)