Paper #2 - Regime Change in Egypt, Ethiopia, Venezuela, or Vietnam

Due by midnight at the end of March 2, emailed to me at crector@marymount.edu. Late papers will be marked down. Students turning in papers containing plagiarism will fail the course.

Topic: Choose one of the following countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Venezuela, or Vietnam. Is there likely to be a successful change to democracy in that country within the next 20 years? Why or why not? 

Length: Double-spaced, 12-point font, standard margins. At least 2 pages long (not counting reference list).

Sources: Your paper should refer to at least one assigned course reading, plus two or three articles from mainstream newspapers or magazines published after January 1, 2016 (New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, Newsweek, and any others that you find that are real journalism). There is no need to research more extensive background material from other journals, books, government documents, etc. Use any standard citation format you wish, as long as you apply it consistently. For example, you could use the Chicago Manual citation format.

Cite any article you quote directly, and cite any article that provided you with information or ideas that you incorporate into the paper. Write the paper yourself. Students caught turning in plagiarized work will fail the course and will be reported to the Academic Integrity process.

This assignment asks you to apply concepts from the course to a particular country. To answer the question, you need to focus on the general logic of regime change and then apply that logic to this particular case. Grades will be based on:
  • Writing. The paper must have a clear thesis, stated early. The rest of the paper should contain facts and logic that support the thesis.
  • Analysis of the logic of how and why regimes change.
  • Application of these ideas to the country you choose.
There is, of course, no one right answer to any of these questions; you will be graded on the thoughtfulness of your analysis.

I advise students to meet with me as they are thinking through their papers. Make an appointment with me by choosing one of the open slots on this calendar. (You must be logged in to gmail or Marymount email. Scroll to the right to see future weeks.)