Policy Memo 1
In one page, provide a clear, succinct overview of the non-state militant group of your choice.
Your memo can include both bullet-points and prose, but it must do all of the following:
1) Clearly indicate who the group is, what they call themselves, where they come from
(geography as well as cultural communities), how they are classified (and by whom), and
where they operate.
2) Describe their goals, using direct quotes from the group themselves, giving the reader a
sense of their ideology, what they want and why. Who are their allies or supporters, who
shares similar ideas or goals, if any?
3) Finally, tell me how they are seeking to achieve those goals. If they use violence, how
and why and against whom? If they do other things (run for office, control territory,
provide welfare to their people, etc), you need to describe those activities and how they
fit the group’s mission.
You should use minimal footnotes to indicate the sources of all of your information. Please
include the name of the author or organization, the date of publication, and a website. Those
references can also be endnotes on the back of the page, if you are pressed for space. They
should look something like this:
UN Security Council Resolution 1267 was approved in the wake of the bombings of US
embassies in 1998. It designated the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) as official
sponsors of Al Qaeda and their assets were frozen in 1999.1
UN Security Council Resolution 1267 (October 15th, 1999), page 2.
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