Counterterrorism Policy Analysis
Final Project: Policy Analysis Paper
In the Final Project for this course, you are asked to apply your understanding of the major concepts presented in this course by evaluating a public policy problem and making recommendations. You will construct a Policy Analysis Paper on COUNTERTERRORISM. You will select and describe a decision-maker (at the local, state, national, or international level) who hypothetically has asked you to write a policy analysis on this public policy problem. You could choose a member of Congress, the president, a governor, a state legislator, a mayor, a city council member, or another official. Assume that the decision-maker is undecided about his or her position on the problem.
Your Final Project will be approximately 16–18 pages, double-spaced not including the title page, abstract, and at least 8–10 scholarly resources. You will submit the Final Project in three parts:
? Week 2 (3/12): Public Policy Problem Selection. Submit to a brief (1–2 pages) articulation of (a) the public policy problem you will analyze (Counterterrorism); (b) which decision-maker you will address your analysis paper to; and (c) why you believe this is an issue of local, state, national, or international importance.
? Week 5 (4/02): Final Project Abstract. Submit a 2- to 3-page outline of (a) 3 or 4 alternative ways to tackle the public policy problem; (b) 10–12 scholarly resources that will inform and support your recommendations; and (c) your chosen recommendation to the decision-maker.
? Week 8 (4/23): Final Project (16–18 pages). Your Policy Analysis Paper should include the following:
o Executive Summary: Describe the public policy problem (Counterterrorism), the scope of the problem, and a capsule summary of your recommended course of action. (1–2 paragraphs)
o Introduction and Problem Definition: Explain why the problem is important. Why should the decision-maker care about this issue? (1–2 pages)
o Issue Analysis: Explain in detail, supported by scholarly resources, the scope of the public policy issue. You should describe the stakeholders (e.g., branches of government, interest groups, nonprofit organizations, media, the bureaucracy, etc.) connected to the problem. (3–4 pages)
o Proposed Solutions: Detail some possible approach to the issue you selected, and based on your research, select 3 or 4 potential solutions that directly address the public policy problem (Counterterrorism). It is important that you explain which stakeholders would be proponents and which would be opponents of each policy alternative you identify, and why, and the implications of their being for or against the alternative(s). You should make clear to the decision-maker the complexities involved with each proposed solution you analyze. (6–8 pages)
o Policy Recommendation: Choose one of the alternatives to the public policy problem and explain, based on scholarly materials you have examined, why it is best suited to address the problem. Be sure to address opportunities and challenges of implementing your recommendation given any relevant political, social, economic, or cultural considerations. Additionally, explain what, if any, social justice and/or ethical issues are impacted by your recommended policy alternative. (2–4 pages)
Your Final Project must demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge and critical thinking appropriate to graduate-level scholarship. It must follow APA Publication Manual guidelines. Support your Final Project with specific references to all resources used in its preparation.