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Policy Memos should be about 850-900 words. Policy prompts and extended explanation of requirements can be found on the class page. Format should generally be the following:
- Summary: Short introduction to the problem (who, what, when, where, and why)
- Background: Brief discussion of current policy
- Analysis & Recommendation: Your proposed solution, written in such a way as to clearly flag how you are incorporating class concepts, ideas, and theories. This should be oriented toward a policymaker who does not have explicit knowledge of IR theory and concepts (e.g. do not write “realism / liberalism / constructivism says X” but rather use ideas and concepts from the theories to make your case). This section should make up the bulk of your paper.
Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. This virus is a global issue that is constantly having to be dealt with. You are a policy advisor to the WHO. The topic of dealing with the virus, attempting to eradicate it, or other options has been brought to the forefront of the WHO global disease policy agenda. Write a policy memo outlining the current strategies for dealing with this disease. Then recommend a continuation, or change of policy in dealing with the disease moving forward to the WHO leadership.