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WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS and ROLE-SPECIFIC TASKS

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Conduct a SWOT analysis or write a 1-2 page summary paper of your country's position on regulating the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) trade.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS and ROLE-SPECIFIC TASKS

    Instructions All written assignments should be: ? Single space with 1 line space between paragraphs

    ? 1 inch Margins

    ? 12 point font (Times New Roman)

    Written assignments are meant to facilitate the IPE simulation. Assignment content is much more

    important than length. Use the page limits provided as general guidelines. Papers shorter than

    the page guidelines that meet requirements of the assignment will not be penalized.

    PREPARATION FOR THE IPE Written Assignment #1, Due Tues Jan 4 at 11 AM

    Submit papers/ SWOT Analysis to the ctools site in the Assignments folder.

Member States (Assignment #1)

    Conduct a SWOT analysis or write a 1-2 page summary paper of your country's position on

    regulating the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) trade. This paper should address how

    your country is involved in the trade of SALW, the impact SALW has in your country and your

    country's historical position on the regulation of SALW trade. (If you're not familiar with SWOT

    analysis, then just do a straightforward analysis addressing the issues.)

     Each country has a folder on the Course Tools web site at http://ctools.umich.edu Use

    the links contained in these folders as a starting point for your research. Use the search on

    the NISAT site to find out what arms are produced in your country. The NISAT data base will

    give you a general overview of how your country is involved in the

    trade of SALW.

UN Staff from Department of Disarmament Affairs (UN DDA) (Assignment #1)

    Review UN papers on the issue of SALW and outline main concerns.

    ? What are the main concerns as outlined by the UN Secretary General to the Security

    Council?

    ? Prepare a quick overview of ―facts and figures‖ commonly used by UN staff with

    respect to the trade in SALW

    ? What actions have UN staff undertaken in respect to developing international

    standards with regard to marking and tracing, brokering, and linking general

    standards of international law to the international trade in SALW?

NGO’s (Assignment #1)

    Write a 1-2 page paper outlining your organization’s position and involvement on the issue of

    SALW trade. Your paper should provide complete answers to the following questions:

    ? Does your organization support the implementation of binding legislation on the trade

    of small arms? If no, why not?

    ? If yes, what specific mechanisms does your organization advocate for the regulation

    of small arms? (Marking and tracing, brokering restrictions, or international law)

    ? What Strategy and Tactics will your organization employ to gain support for your

    position at the Small Arms Forum?

    ? Which countries are most likely to be receptive to your position and which countries

    will be your strongest opposition?

    Arms Manufacturers (Assignment #1) Write a 1-2 page paper outlining your organization’s position and involvement on the issue of SALW trade. Your paper should provide complete answers to the following questions:

    ? What is your organizations position on the regulation of small arms trade?

    ? What are some of the positive and negative aspects of marking, tracing, and

    international law to govern the trade of small arms? From your perspective what

    measures will would be effective and which would not?

    ? What Strategy and Tactics will your organization employ to support for your position

    at the Small Arms Forum?

    ? Which countries are most likely to be receptive to your position and which countries

    will be your strongest opposition?

Presiding Officers (Assignment #1)

    Write a 1-2 page paper addressing the key arguments in support and against binding

    legislation on the trade of small arms. Include in this paper your plan to ensure that each of

    these views are represented in the UN plenary session and address how the order in which

    topics are discussed might effect the nature of the debate.

     News Media (Assignment #1)

    Write a 1 page paper on 3 proposed news stories for the small arms forum. Please include

    why you think the issue is important, what players will be involved in the issue, and your

    proposed plan for covering the issue during the small arms forum. This does not have to be

    written in paper format. Feel free to use bullet comments, or outline format is fine.

    DAY 1 Tuesday afternoon, 4 January 2005

Every participant group has several tasks to begin/complete following the opening session.

    These tasks are listed on the Daily Handout.

Please note the following Written Assignments are due by 9 AM on Wednesday:

    ? Member States. Initial position paper on binding/non-binding questions due to

    Coursetools (1 paper per country)

    ? UNDDA Text of statement to be delivered at Wed afternoon plenary

    ? NGO’s. Text of statement to be delivered at Wed afternoon plenary (1 per NGO)

    ? News media. One news article per individual (see below)

    DAY 2 Wednesday, 5 January 2005

Listed below are the written assignments and main tasks due on Wednesday.

    In addition, every participant group has several tasks to begin/complete at various breakout

    sessions during the day. These tasks are noted briefly in the schedule, with a few more

    details in the Daily Handout.

    Member States (Written Assignment #2)

    ? Each Country will issue an initial position statement on the ―binding/non-binding‖ vote

    scheduled to take place on 5 January 2005. (2 pages maximum.) Your country is

    free to change its stance on the issue after the paper is submitted. Submit one hard

    copy of your country’s position paper to the UN Staff by 9:00 AM and post an

    electronic copy of the paper in the ―Day 2- Country Position Paper‖ Folder on the

    Discussion Board of the Course Tools Web Site.

    ? Each country will also develop a daily meeting strategy for building coalitions and

    gaining support for your positions. Be sure to include the names of the groups with

    whom you plan to meet, the name of the individual from your team that is responsible

    for the action, and the desired outcome of the meeting. Submit your Country planning

    schedule in the ―Day 2 Country Planning Schedule‖ Folder in the Drop Box section of

    the Course tools web site by 9:00 AM.

    Only one position paper and daily schedule is required per country.

UN DDA

    ? The UN DDA will make the first oral statement to the Forum on Wednesday,

    reviewing historical concerns expressed by the UN (member states) about the Small

    Arms Trade and reminding delegates why they are here. The oral statement should

    be based on written text, not to exceed 2 pages. Submit one hard copy of your DDA

    Plenary Statements to the UN staff by 9:00 AM and post an electronic copy of the

    statement in the ―Day 2- DDA Plenary Statements‖ Folder on the Discussion Board of

    the Course Tools Web Site.

    ? The DDA will develop a daily meeting strategy to ensure that staff have a good sense

    of what coalitions are forming, and what are the gathering positions. Make a list of

    the names of the delegations you plan to touch base with, the name of the individual

    from your team that is responsible for the action, and what you hope to find out.

    Submit your DDA planning schedule in the ―Day 2 DDA Planning Schedule‖ Folder in

    the Drop Box section of the Course tools web site by 9:00AM.

    Only one plenary statement and daily schedule is required for the DDA.

    Additional Tasks on Wednesday:

    ? Make oral statement to Small Arms Forum during plenary session.

    ? Prepare to compile notes for Forum Bureau

NGO’s (Written Assignment #2)

    ? Each NGO will make an oral statement to the Forum on Wednesday, representing

    their position on regulation of the SALW trade and based on written text. These

    written position statements should not exceed 2 pages. Submit one hard copy of

    your NGO Plenary Statements to the UN staff by 9:00 AM and post an electronic

    copy of the statement in the ―Day 2- NGO Plenary Statements‖ Folder on the

    Discussion Board of the Course Tools Web Site.

    ? Each NGO will develop a daily meeting strategy for building coalitions and lobbying

    support for your positions. Be sure to include the names of the groups with whom you

    plan to meet, the name of the individual from your team that is responsible for the

    action, and the desired outcome of the meeting Submit your NGO planning schedule

    in the ―Day 2 NGO Planning Schedule‖ Folder in the Drop Box section of the Course

    tools web site by 9:00AM.

    Only one plenary statement and daily schedule is required per NGO.

    Additional Task on Wednesday:

    Make oral statements to Small Arms Forum during plenary session. (This will likely be

    your only opportunity to address the Forum.) Presiding officers will determine order and

    length of time for statements. Joint statements by NGO’s are permitted.

Arms Manufacturers (Task #1)

    Each Arms Manufacturer will develop a 1-3 minute public service announcement or

    commercial that will be presented during the morning news brief. Use this as an opportunity

    to provide information or make an argument that you think is critical to the issue of small arms

    trade regulation. Half of the arms manufacturers will present their commercials during

    Wednesday’s news brief and half will present on Thursday.

Presiding Officers (Task #1)

    Presiding officers must read Country Position Statements and assess the initial level of

    support for binding vs. non-binding choice in advance of the opening statements of the Forum

    Plenary at 3:00PM.

News Media (Assignment #2)

    Each individual must write a short news article (max. 1 page) covering the events of the

    Small Arms Forum over the last 24 hours. These articles must be turned into the Course

    Tools Web site by 8:00 AM on Wednesday.

    ? Fox News On day 2 of the IPE one of the articles written by Fox News must be an

    Op-Ed dealing with NGO’s involvement in the Small Arms Forum.

    ? BBC News - On day 2 of the IPE one of the articles written by BBC News must be an

    Op-Ed dealing with the ―Binding/Non-Binding‖ vote facing the Forum.

    ? Asian Times On day 2 of the IPE one the articles written by the Asian Times must

    provide an Asian perspective on the upcoming ―Binding/Non-Binding‖ vote.

Additional Task

     Each news organization must work as a group to produce a 5-7 minute

    daily news brief for the IPE participants. These news briefs will be presented verbally

    to the IPE participants at the beginning of day 2 and day 3 of the IPE. The Chief Editor of

    each news service is responsible for selecting the content that will be presented at each

    morning brief. Your daily Op-Ed articles must be included as part of the morning brief. Each

    News Agency will also have a digital camera to take photographs with throughout the IPE.

     DAY 3 Thursday, 6 January 2005

    Member States (Assignment #3) Due 9 AM. Each country will develop a daily meeting strategy for building coalitions and

    gaining support for your positions. Be sure to include the names of the groups with whom you

    plan to meet, the name of the individual from your team that is responsible for the action, and

    the desired outcome of the meeting. Your schedule must outline how your country plans to

    visit each of the NGO Static displays during the allotted time. Submit your Country planning

    schedule in the ―Day 3 Country Planning Schedule‖ Folder in the Drop Box section of the

    Course tools web site by 9:00 AM. Only one daily schedule is required per country.

Additional Tasks

    Countries may submit proposed amendments to the draft resolution for consideration on

    Friday. Proposed amendments must meet the following criteria to be accepted by the UN

    staff for consideration by the Forum:

    ? Amendments must be submitted by 4:00 PM on Thursday

    ? The proposed amendment must be in writing. It must identify its initial country

    sponsor and be endorsed by 2 other countries in order for the amendment to be

    accepted. (See procedures, numbered paragraph 19 for details.)

    ? A representative from the sponsoring country must remain present until the proposed

    amendment is accepted or rejected.

    Once these criteria are met the amendment will be accepted. The country has one hour to

    post an electronic copy of the amendment in the ―Day 3 – Amendments for consideration of

    the Forum‖ folder on the discussion board of the Course Tools website.

UN DDA Written Assignments #3)

    ? Based on your ―conversations in the corridors,‖ prepare a summary and assessment

    of member state interests and concerns for Presiding officers (Forum Bureau)due

    9 AM in the Bureau dropbox on coursetools.

    ? The DDA will develop a daily meeting strategy to ensure that staff have a good sense

    of what coalitions are forming, and what are the gathering positions. Make a list of

    the names of the delegations you plan to touch base with, the name of the individual

    from your team that is responsible for the action, and what you hope to find out.

    Submit your DDA planning schedule in the ―Day 3 DDA Planning Schedule‖ Folder in

    the Drop Box section of the Course tools web site by 9:00AM.

    Only one daily schedule is required for the DDA.

    NGO’s (Written Assignment #3) Due 9 AM. Each NGO will develop a daily meeting strategy for building coalitions and

    gaining support for your positions. Be sure to include the names of the groups with whom you

    plan to meet, the name of the individual from your team that is responsible for the action, and

    the desired outcome of the meeting. Submit your NGO planning schedule in the ―Day 3 NGO

    Planning Schedule‖ Folder in the Drop Box section of the Course tools web site by 9:00 AM.

    Only one daily schedule is required per NGO.

Additional Task #2

    Each NGO create a static display area to lobby UN representatives on behalf of your cause.

    The Static displays will run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on 6 January 2005. During this time UN

    representatives from each country will be required to visit each display. It is up to you to

    determine the most effective way to sell you cause. NGO’s sharing common goals can

    develop joint displays, but both groups must be clearly identified to people entering the

    display area.

    Arms Manufacturers (Written Assignment #3

    ? On Thursday afternoon, Arms Manufacturers will host a briefing for other Forum

    participants. Each Manufacturer will prepare a 1-2 page briefing paper for

    participants, outlining their positions and concerns about regulating the SALW trade.

    Submit one hard copy of your Arms Manufacturer briefing paper to the UN staff by

    9:00 AM and post an electronic copy of the statement in the ―Day 2- Arms

    Manufacturer briefing paper‖ Folder on the Discussion Board of the Course Tools

    Web Site. Only one plenary statement is required per arms manufacturer.

    ? Develop a daily meeting strategy for building coalitions and lobbying support for your

    positions. Be sure to include the names of the groups with whom you plan to meet,

    the name of the individual from your team that is responsible for the action, and the

    desired outcome of the meeting. Submit your Arms Manufacturer planning schedule

    in the ―Day 3 Arms Manufacturer Planning Schedule‖ Folder in the Drop Box section

    of the Course tools web site by 9:00AM. Only one daily schedule is required per

    Arms Manufacturer.

    Additional Tasks

    ? On Thursday afternoon, host briefing meetings for participants in the Small Arms

    Forum.

    Presiding Officers (Task # 2)

    ? Revise the draft Forum resolution following the Plenary vote on the first question (in

    favor of a binding treaty or a non-binding statement or principles), and circulate it

    before noon.

    ? Review proposed amendments and prepare order for Friday plenary sessions.

News Media (Written Assignment #3)

    Each individual must write a news article (no longer than 1.5 pages) covering the events of

    the Small Arms Forum over the last 24 hours. These articles must be turned into the Drop

    Box News Article Folder of the Course Tools Web site by 8:00 AM on Thursday.

    ? Fox News On day 3 of the IPE one of the articles written by Fox News must be an

    Op-Ed dealing with the position of a specific country or group of countries (excluding

    Asia) on small arms trade regulation.

    ? Asia Times- On day 3 of the IPE one of the articles written by Asia Times must be an

    Op-Ed dealing with the Arms Manufacturers involvement in the Small Arms Forum.

    ? BBC On day 3 of the IPE one the articles written by the BBC must cover the

    measures being discussed for the regulation of the small arms trade.

Additional Task #2

    Each news organization must work as a group to produce a 5-7 minute daily news brief for

    the IPE participants. Your daily Op-Ed articles must be included as part of the morning brief.

    Each News Agency will also have a digital camera to take photographs with throughout the

    IPE.

    DAY 3 Friday, 7 January 2005

Member States

    Attend and participate in plenary!

UN DDA

    Due 1 AM… Briefing to Bureau. Deposit in Coursetools.

    Attend plenary, prepare to answer questions, provide appropriate information.

    .

    NGO Stakeholders (Written Assignment #4) Due 9 AM. Your last planning schedule is due. It can be short and sweet. Identify the issues

    you will be watching closely in the plenary sessions and any strategy you have for trying to

    influence the final outcome. Submit your NGO strategy in the ―Day 4 NGO Planning

    Schedule‖ Folder in the Drop Box section of the Course tools web site by 9:00 AM. Only one daily schedule is required per NGO.

    Arms Manufacturers (Written Assignment #4) Due 9 AM. Due 9 AM. Your last planning schedule is due. Identify the issues you will be

    watching closely in the plenary sessions and any strategy you have for trying to influence the

    final outcome. Submit your Arms Manufacturer planning schedule in the ―Day 4 Arms

    Manufacturer Planning Schedule‖ Folder in the Drop Box section of the Course tools web site

    by 9:00AM. Only one daily schedule is required per Arms Manufacturer.

Presiding Officers Additional Task #2

    Prepare revision(s) of the draft Forum resolution, as appropriate to facilitate discussion and

    debate of proposed amendments. Produce the final Forum resolution upon adjournment of

    the Forum.

News Media (Additional Task #3)

    All news organizations will work jointly to produce a 10 15 minute combined news report

    which will be presented during the closing dinner of the Small Arms Forum. This news brief

    should summarize the final outcome of the Small Arms Forum and include photos that each

    news agency took during the course of the 4 days. Feel free to incorporate music, humor,

    and editorial comments into this power point presentation. The final version of the

    presentation is due to the GSI’s NLT 5:00 PM on Friday 7 January 2005.

     Assignment & Task Matrix

     Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

    1-2 page SWOT 1-2 page Country

    analysis or Position Paper on

    Position Paper Binding Vs. Non-

    Assignment Binding Legislation Member States Daily Planning Daily Planning Daily Planning

    Schedule Schedule Schedule

     Possible statement Submit Proposed Tasks to plenary amendments

    1-2 page 1-2 page plenary

    Analysis paper statements

    Assignment UN Dept. Daily Planning Daily Planning Disarmament Schedule Schedule Affairs

    (UN DDA) Present oral (On-call at (On-call at

    Tasks statement to Forum Plenary) Plenary)

    plenary

    1-2 page 1-2 page plenary

    Position Paper statements

    Assignment

    Daily Planning Daily Planning Daily Planning NGOs Schedule Schedule Schedule

     Present oral Produce Static

    Tasks statements to Display

    Forum plenary

    1-2 page 1-2 page plenary

    Position Paper statements

    Assignment

    Daily Planning Daily Planning Daily Planning

    Schedule Schedule Schedule Arms Public Service Public Service

    Manufacturer Announcement/ Announcement/

    Commercial Commercial

    Tasks (morning) (morning)

    Host briefings

    (afternoon)

    1-2 page Assignment Analysis paper

     - Prepare for Distribute Draft Presiding plenary session proposal with Officers Prepare - Assess country amendments Tasks schedule for positions for vote - Compile

    plenary session #1 submitted

    amendments

    1 page Proposal Short news article Short news

    Assignment for News (individual) article

    Stories (individual) News Media Provide Morning Provide Morning Provide summary

    Tasks News Report News Report news report at

    closing dinner

    *Note Assignments require the submission of a written product. Tasks are duties that must be

    performed during the course of the IPE. Except for the day 1 assignment and the media news

    articles, all assignments and tasks are group projects.

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