o discuss the resource challenge, or lack of efficient oil and energy within Syria’s government
controlled area. We need to address the geostrategic advantages of Russian and Iranian investments, and
Kurdish’s control of key oil fields in Northeast Syria.
Introduction/Geographic, Natural Resources, Resource Challenges. (1-2 pages): This is the introduction to
your paper and discusses why it is important.
Problem (1-2 pages): This is your thesis or problem statement. State the problem in clear terms and give a
brief description of what your solution or solutions are.
Road Map/Discussion of Organization (1 paragraph): This explains to your reader how your paper is organized
by sections with brief descriptions of each. These sections can become topic and subtitle headings within
Historical, Geographic, and Resource Overviews and
Challenges (8-10 pages): This is an overview of the area, country, or region you are focused on. Describe the
history, geography, resources, and challenges in detail as it relates to your focus. Ensure the information you
provide is relevant to your topic. Do not provide information that does not relate to your problem or its
solution, but keep in mind that your reader might be unfamiliar with your region. But for example, a lengthy
discussion of language, culture, and history might not be relevant to the problem you are addressing. Use a
methodology on how you present this information, either chronologically, by geographic areas, or by major
Solution (3-4 pages): Briefly describe your proposed solution and then provide the details. Define your
proposed solution in logical terms. Describe how your solution will work from a geographic or resource
viewpoint. Discuss the cost and resources need to implement your solution. Does the area, country, or region
have the means to implement a solution, or will outside/international help be needed? How will you convince
outside or internal actors to do what is needed?
Examples (2-3 pages): Provide case studies or hypothetical examples of how your solution could be
implemented. Has your solution been applied before within your area or in another region with similar
challenges? In some cases, this section might be better if it comes before the solution section. If your
examples of solutions are historical, they usually go before the solution. If the examples are hypothetical, they
Conclusion (1-3 pages): Summarize your paper and you tell the reader what he must do and how to do it.