ENC 1101 MDC Syrian Crisis Research Paper

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ENC 1101

Miami Dade College



The structure of your research paper will be similar to the one in the previous module but be sure that you incorporate the opposite side of the argument.

Sample Structure:

  1. Your Perspective (Essay 3)
    • Explain your position on the issue and what points support your stance. Be sure to incorporate secondary sources from the MDC Database.
  2. The Other Perspective
    • Consider the other side of the issue and what are the counter-points. Also, be sure to incorporate secondary sources from the MDC Database.
  3. Rebuttal
    • This is where you directly address the counter-points from the other perspective.
  4. Your Final Conclusion
    • Your final conclusion is the place where you make your final point. Be sure to revisit your introduction here and give a final, powerful thought.


  • The most important thing is that you fully use your analytical skills in using the appropriate rhetorical structure.
  • I will be looking to see how well you appeal to your audience and how well you stress the logical and emotional aspects of your association with the person/place. Also, I will be looking for the use of opening and concluding strategies.
  • The style will be formal, and I want to see how well you can utilize the standards of American Edited English.
  • I will be looking to see how well you incorporate cause and effect and comparison into your essay.
  • I will focus on the quality of your introduction.
  • I am not looking for grammatical perfection, but the essay must be readable and free of mechanical errors that distract your reader.
  • All these criteria will be considered in light of the Gordon Rule Rubric


1.State your initial point of view. Then write the other side of the story. What does the other side believe? (1 Paragraph)

2.Post your MLA Outline

3.Think about the research paper you have just written:

  • What did you do?
  • Why did you select this topic?
  • What did you learn?

(All of these are separate assignments and need 1 paragraph to their own unless of course its already included in the final Paper if so just separate)



(I will include the original essay that this will be based off of if you do not still have it)

Let me know if you need more info, there is no word minimum so just write as much as necessary!

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Surname 1 Name: Professor: Title: Date: Syrian Crisis (Civil Wars) Outline I. Introductory Paragraph The current state in Syria puts the United States at a dilemma. Thesis Statement: The United States should withdraw its support of Bashar al-Assad’s opposition and put an end to the war. II. Body of my Argument A. Background Information B. Reasons or Evidence to Support my Claim 1. Claim: Civilians will always suffer no matter what side drops the bombs. 2. Claim: The United States has the power to stop the war. III. Addressing the Opposite Side The rebels will cause more bloodshed when they win. Syria has no future, at least not a bright one, with Assad. IV. Conclusion There is no need for more bloodshed in Syria. This is a proxy war that ends with the lives of innocent civilians. Surname 2 Introduction Russia has launched its attacks on the enemies of the Bashar al-Assad government, a group it chooses to call terrorist targets. This puts the United States in a dilemma. On the one hand, it has to decide between accepting the continuity of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the foreseeable future, a move that will put an end to the reign of terror. On the other hand, it will continue to fund the rebels of the Syrian government, which will lengthen the civil war that will end once the rebels are defeated and deal with Russia and Syria later. The United States should withdraw its support of Bashar al-Assad’s opposition and put an end to the war. Moscow has, for a long time, been closely allied with Syria, with most of the Syrian military having been trained and equipped by Russia. Moscow decided to boost its political and military support of Syria, and this move prevented the collapse of Syrian forces from the pressure of its opposition. To Moscow’s defense, it had to intervene to prevent Islamic extremist groups from raising the “black flags.” Western forces, diplomats, and their allies have continuously accused Russia of targeting groups supported by the West as well as launching attacks to hospitals and schools hence risking the lives of civilians (Doucet). Looking at this situation from a humanitarian point of view, the missiles launched by the United States, however carefully selected, will take the lives of innocent civilians who did not ask for this proxy war. Most of Assad’s conflict zones are within highly populated regions of Syria. Using missiles in these zones will result in the same outcome as that of the 1999 Kosovo war that claimed the lives of 500 civilians following a NATO bombing that was designed to save innocent lives. If the United States decides to intervene by sending airstrikes, it will only serve to worsen the refugee crisis (Dreyfuss). Surname 3 The United States and the European Union could give Assad and Russia a proposition to cease and desist its operations by a certain date or risk facing additional sanctions. By linking these sanctions to Russia’s operations in Syria would be seen as a major setback on Putin’s side. He has been waiting on Europe to lift the Ukraine sanctions this coming season. The United States could use this as leverage – the sanctions will not cease until Russia changes its activities in Syria as much as Ukraine (Wright). If the United States withdraws its support of the rebels and succeeds in coercing Russia with its sanctions, Assad will have won the war. However, he will have paid it with the price of peace. His reign will constantly be opposed by various rebellious groups. This means that the current civilian war could continue perpetually, hence increasing the civilian body count. It may also be broken down into a series of resilient insurrections similar to what happened after the Iraq invasions, whose outcome was nothing short of terrorism and insecurity. The Syrian crisis cannot be solved by any military means. In other words, Syria has no future, at least a bright one, with Assad. His reign has been built on the foundation of the death of more than 500,000 people, as well as the internal and external displacement of more than 11 million Syrian citizens. Conclusion It will be better to argue the Syrian case from a humanitarian point of view, which seems to be the most logical and direct, unlike the other argument that is filled with a lot of gambling with the lives of innocent civilians. At the end of the day, this is a proxy war, and neither the citizens of the United States nor Russia will get hurt directly. What has happened in Aleppo does not need to happen again, and if the United States can do something about it, why not take the less costly way out? Surname 4 Works Cited Doucet, Lyse. “Why Is Russia Engaged in Aleppo?” BBC News, 16 Nov. 2016, www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37995780. Accessed 12 June 2020. Dreyfuss, Bob. “No War With Syria!” Www.Thenation.Com, 26 Aug. 2013, www.thenation.com/article/archive/no-war-syria/. Accessed 12 June 2020. Wright, Thomas. “Solving Obama’s Aleppo Dilemma.” Brookings, 12 Feb. 2016, www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2016/02/12/solving-obamas-aleppodilemma/. Accessed 12 June 2020.
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Surname 1

The Crisis in Syria- A Research Paper
I. Introduction
The War in Syria has placed the United States at a diplomatic and humanitarian dilemma.
Thesis Statement: The United States should stop supporting Syrian Rebel forces and put and end
of the war to greater good of Syria, the Middle East and the world.
II. Affirming argument.
A. Background Information
B. Evidence of the affirmative argument
1. Claim: Civilians continue to suffer the most. The longer the war wages, the worse it gets
for civilians.
2. Claim: The United States is in the best diplomatic position to end the war.
III. Opposing argument
There is too much sectorial strife in Syria between Shias, Sunnis and the Kurds. Continuation of
Assad’s regime would not help Syria’s situation.
IV. Conclusion
Peace should be the US’ global policy. It should take any opportunity to end any form of
conflict, even if it involves compromise and accepting a ‘defeat.’

Surname 2

It is estimated that the war in Syria has claimed the lives of between 380,000 to 580,000
people since it started in March 2011 (Syrian Human Rights Watch). The war has resulted in one
of the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history- with over 7.6 million people displaced as a
result of the war. The overflow...

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