Prior to beginning work on this assignment review the web pages The World Factbook (Links to an external site.) and Global Conflict Tracker (Links to an external site.). There are also several web pages and websites listed under Recommended Resources in the Course Guide that can assist you in gathering additional information.

Social scientists have long sought to better explain the dynamics of ethnic conflict and racial violence. Violent ethnic conflict is rarely, if ever, caused by ethnic differences alone. Frequently, there are structural foundations of the conflict, including political, social, economic and/or religious inequalities. However, at the same time, in ethnic conflicts participants regard themselves as distinct ethnic groups from opposing factions. Often, opposing sides explicitly emphasize their racial, religious, and cultural differences as a conflict strategy. This is a very interesting time to study the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict as today we can see many tensions that have escalated to violent conflicts.

For this assignment, select from the list of ethnic conflicts provided below and evaluate its causes and consequences:

Chechnya/Russia
China/Tibet
Former Yugoslavia (Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia)
India/Pakistan
Israel/Palestine
Myanmar
Nigeria
South Sudan
Syria
Ukraine
Then, be sure to thoroughly describe the different ethnic groups involved in the conflict (including any cultural similarities between the groups), the source of the tensions that led to violence between them (paying attention to structural inequalities as causes), and describe how the ethnic conflict has affected the country (or countries). Additionally, explain how the social construction of ethnic divisions can be seen in the case of your selected ethnic conflict.

NOTE: If you would like to select a different ethnic conflict, please contact your instructor for approval before submitting the assignment.

The Global Ethnic Conflicts paper

Must be five double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.) resource.
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted

Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.

Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text

Links:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/index.html

https://www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker/?category=us

http://www.notholt.co.uk/fields_of_fire/about_ethnic_conflicts.html

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