n the Conflict Summary assignment, you will demonstrate that you understand your conflict case by
summarizing some key details about it. The assignment’s purpose is to prepare you for your policy brief
by equipping you with necessary background information about your conflict and by helping you explore
potential avenues for resolution.
In the assignment, you should briefly (900-1200 words) describe the following features of your conflict
How did the conflict begin? What caused the conflict? How do the conflict’s causes contribute to
How did the conflict escalate? Describe how and why the conflict escalated beyond its latent
What is the current status of the conflict? If your conflict is de-escalating, in what stage of de-
escalation is it?
Describe some attempts to resolve the conflict. What are some key impediments to conflict
Important Keys to Success:
Research. Research. Research.
The first step to writing your paper is to research your conflict
case. Please pay careful attention to the information offered in class on Friday, 1/17 about how
to research your conflict case. You will need to synthesize information across at least 3 different
sources, and be mindful of implicit biases across sources. You should aim to present an impartial
summary of the conflict. Please use APA citation style (covered in class on Friday, 1/24).
The summary is brief, and as such, you should be judicious in summarizing only
the most pertinent information about your conflict case. It is not necessary to cite material from
the Beyond Intractability Essays, but you may draw on the Beyond Intractability readings if they
help you describe key details about your conflict case.
Maintain a coherent paragraph structure.
It is not necessary to address each of the above
questions in order. Rather, you should respond to the questions in a way that allows for a
logical, cohesive, and coherent flow across your paragraphs. Do NOT simply copy and paste the
questions and provide your responses below.
Leave ample time for revisions.
You will be evaluated on the quality of your writing.
Submit only your OWN writing.
Do not consult tutors beyond those available through the
University (eg, LARC, Writing Center, etc.). Additionally, your papers will be subject to an
originality check via Turnitin.com.
My case is Abkhazia-Georgia.