Power and Governance

This homework, we’re focusing on states and the concepts of sovereignty, power and governance. You have two options. Answer just one of the questions below. Choice 1:  After reviewing  INTERACTIVE CFR’s Crisis Guide on Eastern Congo or click on the link  https://www.cfr.org/interactives/eastern-congo#!/?cid=main-interactive_dap-the_eastern_congo explain why it is considered a weak state. Define the terms you use, such as the weak and failed state. Please be sure to support your thoughts with references to the course materials and please be sure to use Turabian style citations (author-date). Choice 2:  As explained in the Week 4 lesson notes, IGOs are supranational organizations that are heavily connected to regional or international security and international law. A prime example is the UN. Today, the UN is involved in a number of peacekeeping missions around the world. Each time the UN intervenes it sets precedent, which could evolve into customary law. For this option, please visit the UN peacekeeping homepage and choose one current or past mission to focus on (you can choose the mission in Somalia. For that mission, explain the circumstances that created the need to intervene (background), if the state is weak or failed, the purpose of the mission (mandate) and any interesting facts and figures about it. Be sure to use more than two sources and reference the course material.  Please be sure to paraphrase the information rather than quoting it. I recommend thinking of it as telling the story behind the mission much like the producers did in the movie Black Hawk Down. What happened and what did the UN do about it? Is there something unique about the mission that is setting precedent or impacting international law?

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