Paper #1 - Bargaining

Due Monday, November 19, 11:59 p.m. emailed to

Minimum 1000 words (about 4-5 pages, double-spaced).

Assignment will be marked down for each day or fraction of a day late (that is, if you send it at midnight, it’s late). 

Students turning in papers containing plagiarism will fail the course. 

Your paper will address the following question: choose one of the following international conflicts. Will the parties reach an agreement, and if so what terms are likely?
  • The territorial division between Israel and a hypothetical Palestinian state.
  • The division of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands.
  • Trade ties between India and Pakistan.
  • Chile-Bolivia discussions of a Bolivian Pacific corridor.
  • Any other international bargaining situation that interests you, as long as you clear the topic with me by November 12.
In your paper, you should focus on the strategic interaction between two players. Discuss the background of the situation, draw out the extensive form of the bargaining process, solve for the equilibrium, and explain the practical relevance of your conclusion.

Sources: Your paper should refer to at least three articles from mainstream news sources (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, BBC, Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, etc.). The news sources you use must have been published after July 1, 2012. There is no need to research more extensive background material from books, government documents, etc. 

Sources must be cited properly, using a consistent citation format (e.g. MLA, APA, or Chicago).

This assignment asks you to apply concepts from the course to a particular, real-world issue.  

Grades will be based on five things:
  • Writing. The paper must have a clear thesis, stated early. The rest of the paper should contain facts and logic that support the thesis, and should properly cite sources.
  • Discussion of the disagreement point. What will happen if the sides do not reach an agreement?
  • Explanation of the setup of your model.
  • Solution of the model.
  • Explanation of the practical implications of your finding. 
There is, of course, no one right answer to any of these questions; you will be graded on the thoughtfulness of your analysis. You should make a specific prediction in the paper, not advocate a particular policy. In other words, explain what countries will do, not what you think they should do.