• The COVID-19 pandemic Focused on a specific outcome that you wanted to better

• The COVID-19 pandemic
Focused on a specific outcome that you wanted to better understand in your chosen country ( the US ). You also defined the key actors and interests, interactions, and institutions related to this outcome.
Your final paper should:
1) Provide brief background of the topic, country, and specific outcome you chose.
2) Present a theory, or argument, to explain the outcome you have chosen. To keep things simple, your theory should emphasize a single factor – or, at most, a set of two factors – that you think are the most important causes of your outcome of interest (example below).
3) Present evidence that you have gathered, based on background research, in support of your argument. It is also acceptable to present what kind of evidence you would ideally look for to test your argument, if such evidence is not readily available to you today.
4) Consider a rival argument to your own. In other words, what is an alternative explanation for the outcome you have chosen? Does the evidence favor your argument or the rival argument? (Or, in an ideal world, what kind of evidence would you need to weigh these two arguments against one another?)
EXAMPLE
Topic: Climate change and the global environment
Country: China
Specific outcome: Actors: China’s future greenhouse gas emissions
Interactions: Cooperation (i.e., between Chinese government and large industries); Bargaining (i.e., between Chinese government and the United States and/or other countries)
Institutions: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 2015 Paris Agreement
Theory/Argument:“A bilateral climate treaty with the United States, in which both countries committed to precise actions, would be the most effective way to ensure China reduces its emissions in the future.”
Rival Theory: “Without sustained pressure on the government from big businesses and capital-holders in China’s coastal cities, China will face little incentive to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the future.”

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