Paper #3 - Civil War in Syria, South Sudan, or Turkey

Due by midnight at the end of March 26, emailed to me at crector@marymount.edu. Late papers will be marked down. Students turning in papers containing plagiarism will fail the course.

Topic: Why have rebel groups in one of the following countries - South Sudan, Turkey, or Yemen - been successful in recruiting supporters over the year? Hints:
  • When and why do individual people choose to support violent resistance movements?
  • How do governments respond to threats of rebellion?
  • Why was the regime unable to prevent people from joining the rebels?
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 December 1, 2016 (New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, Newsweek, etc.). 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. If in doubt, 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 upcoming election. To answer the question, you need to focus on the general logic of governance and consent, 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 people and groups motivate and organize rebellions.
  • Application of these ideas to the particular case.