Assignment Information




The policy analysis is the final graded component for your simulation.

There are two primary criteria for grading your policy analysis. The first is how well you evaluate your country’s performance in the simulation against the goals articulated in your National Security Doctrine (NSD).  Your objective is NOT to advocate for your choices or to frame outcomes in a false positive light.  Rather your job is to critically and objectively analyze the degree to which you accomplished your goals. The second criteria involves the degree to which you are able to integrate course reading material into your evaluation. You must, to the extent possible, describe the dynamics of the simulation in terms of the concepts and arguments contained in assigned readings and discussed in class.

You may organize your policy analysis any way you like: e.g. chronologically, by issue (security, economics, human rights), or by foreign and domestic policy initiatives.  However it is organized, you must include the following components in your discussion:

1 Summary of Objectives

Offer a direct, succinct summary of your goals in each policy space

2 Evaluative criteria

What are the criteria that constitute a successful outcome for your goals? Use specific metrics, if possible, to define acceptable and/or unacceptable outcomes.

3 Data Analysis

What happened?  Describe your foreign and domestic policy outcomes.

4. Evaluation and explanation of outcomes

Evaluate your successful and unsuccessful policy strategies against the criteria in section 2.   Explain why we the outcome was successful/unsuccessful.  The emphasis on this section is on your analysis of the outcome.

5. Executive Summary

Provide an executive summary to the cover of the report that offers a broader overview of your findings and conclusions. This summary does not count towards your page limit.

6. Recommendations (optional)

Based on your analysis, what recommendations would you offer on improving your country’s performance (assuming you had time)

Be sure to include an executive summary as a cover page (not part of the assignment page limit).

7. Log

Attach your country log to the report as an appendix