This mini-section should be a single paragraph that introduces readers to the topic and
scope of your paper, including why it is of interest, and briefly lays out its central themes.
Issue and Country
This section should be a brief overview of the critical aspects of the general topic, the
specific issue, and the particular country you are addressing.
Relevant sources should be cited in
the text throughout your paper using proper scholarly format as specified by the
including specific pages whenever possible (Friedman 2008:404-405), and also included
in your bibliography.
Note that names of authors are not included in the citation if they have
already been mentioned in the lead-in to the citation; otherwise, the proper format would be
It should be several paragraphs in length.
This section should be a substantial summary of the major physical and demographic
features that characterize the country.
Key geographic points should include size and location,
main features, climactic patterns, etc.
Key demographic points should include total population,
number and/or percent of principal population groups (on ethnic, linguistic, religious, social
class, economic, or urban-rural bases), distribution around the country, etc.
It should be several
paragraphs in length.
This section should be a substantial summary of the major political and economic factors
that characterize the country.
Key political points should include the general nature of the
government (such as democracy, socialism, communism, dictatorship, or monarchy), govern-