Final Project, political science
- One Terrorism Policy Analysis Paper (12-15 double spaced pages). Students will write a 40 page policy analysis paper on a terrorism topic of his or her choosing. The instructor will provide further guidance on how to choose a topic and plan/execute a research strategy. The paper will be written as though it were designed for a particular decision-maker in government, with the student assuming the role of a policy analyst. The paper will be expected to convey emergency response issues and recommendations in a clear, concise, and organized fashion, using the required and recommended readings from the course for analytical support.
Each student will develop this final paper during the quarter. The paper is due the last week of the term, on a topic pre-approved by week 5. Please note that a superior paper will demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge, and critical thinking appropriate for doctoral level scholarship. The paper must follow APA Publication Manual guidelines and be free of typographical, spelling and grammatical errors. I expect a minimum of 12-12-15 pages of text, not counting title page, abstract, or references. This project will serve as MPA’s student’s portfolio project to be used in their Capstone course. MPA students should be sure to save this paper for future use.
This is my Final Paper Topic
The impact on USG activities after tightened security policies in US government missions overseas
By Fenton Sands
My Policy analysis will be centered on the impact of tightened security in overseas USG facilities.
Since the US Embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam Tanzania, the U.S. state
department began to revamp their security around Embassies word wide. I will research and identify the
policies established and the effectiveness of getting American diplomatic and development assistance
The need for tightening security is the aftermath of the Embassy bombings and the Benghazi
attack highlighted grave security concerns. This need for tightening security was transformed into a
whole set of policies to protect and secure American personnel overseas.The policies called for all kinds
of preventive and security requirements like co-locating all USG operations into one compound that
were implemented worldwide.
My policy analysis will then identify what other USG objectives in diplomacy and development
have been impacted by this security change? I will research what financial impact this has had on the
State department and what costs have been associated with these new security policies and
The terrible event in Benghazi, Libya is an example of how whatever security they had, was
insufficient. By itself, this event has caused a big debate about how security policy were implemented in
the past. This last question I will research is whether it was worth it, since no other USG facility had a
major attack since Benghazi. I will give examples of USG facilities as well as location and how costs have
been calculated by the USG.