Ethnic Conflict Assignment



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Ethnic Conflict Assignment
Ethnicity stirs human emotions that, under certain circumstances, can erupt into public display, civil disturbances, even open political conflict. Your mission is to investigate the cause, nature, and extent of tension in a location of your choice and to create a briefing on the conflict for the class. This briefing must be able to be displayed online and may take the form of a traditional paper, a Prezi, or a powerpoint. It must include maps, graphics, photos and links to relevant online sources. Make sure to include the following:


  • Ethnic groups that are involved

  • Causes of the conflict (be specific- and remember, there are often multiple causes)

  • An outline of major/notable events connected to the conflict

  • Your opinion on which group has the stronger claim (which group is “right”?) This is subjective, and there is no “right” answer. Be sure to explain why you think so.

  • An acceptable solution to the conflict (acceptable to both sides) and explain why you think this would work.

  • How do you think this will play out in your lifetime?

Use the chart on the back of this page to guide your investigation but DO NOT turn it in as your written project. It is only a guide.


The countries and places listed below have a history of tension or conflict rooted in issues of ethnic difference. If there is a conflict you would like to explore that is not listed, please let me know.





  • Armenia/Azerbaijan

  • China (Tibet)

  • Cambodia

  • Central African Republic (ONGOING)

  • Congo DRC (ONGOING)

  • Cyprus

  • Darfur/Chad & Sudan (ONGOING)

  • Ethiopia/Eritrea

  • Indonesia (Aceh)

  • Indonesia (Timor)

  • Kashmir

  • Kenya

  • Kosovo

  • Kurds, Sunnis, Shiites (Iraq)

  • Lebanon

  • Mexico (Chiapas)

  • Nigeria (ONGOING)

  • Pakistan

  • Philippines (Mindanao)

  • Quebec (French Canada)

  • Russia (Chechnya)

  • Rwanda (historical)

  • Somalia

  • South Africa (historical)

  • South Sudan (Current)

  • Spain (Basque, Catalonia)

  • Sri Lanka

  • Syria (ONGOING)

  • Uganda

  • Zimbabwe (ONGOING)





Country:


What lies at the root of this conflict?


What form does this conflict take (i.e., tension, discrimination, open violence)?


What is the spatial extent of the conflict?



How long has there been tension or conflict?



In what ways has this conflict been manifested?



How many people have been affected? In what ways?



Examples of how this conflict presents itself at a global, regional and local scale:




Grading Rubric

Topic

Images and Information Requirements

Points

Location:

World map highlighting the country

Country map

Regional map (if applicable)



Student displays evidence of high level of understanding

All required information is thorough and accurate

Images are clear, relevant, and appropriate for topic

All text is typed and easy to read



5

Demographics:

Description and percentages of the ethnic groups represented in the country/region



Student displays evidence of high level of understanding

All required information is thorough and accurate

Images are clear, relevant, and appropriate for topic

All text is typed and easy to read



5

History:

Historical timeline of the country that leads up to the ethnic conflict (around 10 major events)



Student displays evidence of high level of understanding

All required information is thorough and accurate

Images are clear, relevant, and appropriate for topic

All text is typed and easy to read



10

Ethnic conflict:

Analysis of the ethnic conflict; who is involved, what are they doing, why are they doing it, etc. How has this impacted the country?



Student displays evidence of high level of understanding

All required information is thorough and accurate

Images are clear, relevant, and appropriate for topic

All text is typed and easy to read



15

Current status:

What is being done about the issue? How is the issue viewed in the region? In the world?



Student displays evidence of high level of understanding

All required information is thorough and accurate

Images are clear, relevant, and appropriate for topic

All text is typed and easy to read



15

Neatness and creativity:

Bonus points for exemplary work and creativity

Deductions for late work or not following directions



10

Total Score








Some help in starting the investigation …
IMPORTANT - If you decide to “Google” this assignment make sure you critically evaluate the variety of resources that may turn up in an open search! Make sure you cite your sources! All information used from the Internet and other sources MUST be properly cited. See me if you do not know proper MLA citation style. Any assignments with plagiarized material will receive no credit.

UNHCR: Branch of the UN that deals with refugees and human rights.

Human Security Report: Human Security report gateway. Excellent resource.

Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity (INCORE): This organization sponsor research that deals with conflict resolution, especially that of ethnic conflict.

European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI):  A non-partisan, bi-national institution that attempts to facilitate peaceful relations between ethnic groups.

Ethnic Conflict Research Digest: This site "publishes peer reviews of recently published books, journal articles and research papers on the dynamics and management of ethnic conflict."

Human Rights Watch: An organization dedicated to the documentation and elimination of human rights violations around the world.

http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/islam/countries/bl_SudanRegionalism.htm: This site contains information about ethnic conflict in Sudan, in addition to historical background.

Ethnic Conflict: This is a collection of writings that deal with ethnic conflict.
World’s Apart: The Roots of Ethnic Conflict: http://www.britannica.com/worldsapart/
Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union: http://cisac.stanford.edu/research/ethnic_conflict_in_the_former_soviet_union/

Use the search feature to find articles and radio stories on your topic at the following:

Foreign Policy Magazine:

Public Radio International: The World

National Public Radio


  • http://www.washingtonpost.com [click on “world” in the news bar. When asked to register it is free!]




  • www.nytimes.com [click on “world” and then use the site search engine. If asked to register it is free!]







  • http://www.cnn.com [use the site search engine]




  • http://www.bbc.co.uk [use the site search engine]




  • http://www.state.gov/countries [click on Background Notes; Country Reports]




  • http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/default.asp Newspapers from around the world. Pretty cool! Click on the Regions drop down menu. Some foreign papers are printed in English. You have to check them out to see which ones you can read.

The map collection at the University of Texas Perry Castañeda Library is a great place to start a search for maps: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps




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