INS120 Writing Report Prompts (please choose one):
 
Prompt 1: World Food Program Report
You are a special advisor to the Executive Director of the World Food Program, Mr. Beasley. He has asked you to write a research report about Famine in Venezuela, so he can present it to UN.
 
In this report, you are expected to display an understanding of reasons behind Famine in Venezuela, the ability of the WFP to operate there and possible counter-arguments to them involving themselves in the local situation. You must connect the problem with at least three of the following general globalization themes: Economic, Political, Development, Security, Food, Energy, Cultural.
 
You must have clear written arguments based on secondary sourced evidence while connecting them to themes/theories we have discussed in the class the issue/problem highlights. You are a special advisor to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. He has asked you to write a research report about an important global issue/problem that has local impacts, so he can present it to all the member-nations in the next UN General Assembly.
 
In this report, you are expected to display an understanding of the larger problem you are presenting. From the general topic, you must then focus on local examples/impacts to make your argument. At this local level, you must connect the problem with at least two of the following general globalization themes: Economic, Political, Development, Security, Energy, Cultural.
 
Prompt 2: Amazon Destruction Report
The Amazon rainforest of Brazil is home to 40,000 different species of plants alone and these plants play a vital role in oxygen production for the entire world. As such, the entire world has a stake in its preservation. On the other hand, Brazil also has a large and developing economy that focuses on providing raw goods to the rest of the world.  There has been disagreement about if and how portions of the rainforest should be destroyed to allow Brazilians to produce economically important crops. Some have said that the Amazon must be protected no matter what. Others have argued that efforts to impose the environmental values of the developed world upon South American nations represents a modern form of imperialism.
 
Imagine that you are on reporting to a special committee for the UN that is examining both sides of the argument. They would also like you to suggest some practical solutions that would represent a compromise and ameliorate the conflict of interest between the developed and the developing world with respect to the Brazilian rainforest.
 
Your report must consider arguments on both sides of the question and incorporate at least three of the themes or theories considered in the textbook, such as economic, political, and cultural globalization.
 
Prompt 3: The Russo-Georgian War
In 2008 Russia invaded the Republic of Georgia to assist the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in gaining their independence from Tbilisi.  The Georgians believe that the Russians violated international law in assisting in the breakaway regions and have approached the white shoe law firm of Wiltshire, McCracken and Smith to investigate suing Russia in the World Court.
 
The Partners of Wiltshire, McCracken and Smith have given you the task of writing a preliminary report outlining the pros and cons of the Georgian case.
 
Your report must demonstrate familiarity with the events of the Russo-Georgian war, international law regarding conflicts and the seizure of territory from sovereign states, as well as the role of the World Court.  In addition, you must incorporate at least three of the themes considered in the textbook into your essay.
 
General Instructions on the Writing Assignment:
You must Choose 1 of the above 3 prompts for your Written Assignment. You must have clear written arguments based on secondary sources (available online). You must explain the situation and argue your points by linking the information to at least 3 general globalization issues and their relevant theories: Economic, Political, Development, Security, Energy, Cultural.
 
Your report must be maximum 1500 words, Times New Roman, Microsoft Word Document, Font 12, double-spaced, with Chicago style citation.