The State

In international relations, the state continues to be a very important actor by being the primary organizer of people.  This exercise is a comparison between different types of states in the world.  Be sure to follow the paper guidelines in your syllabus for written work.  This exercise is worth 20 points. Upload in Word document.

Go to the CIA World Factbook site that provides a basic overview about all of the states in the world.  Your assignment is to:

  1. Compare the various indicators listed in the left column for each country. Use this formatted word document chart where you can type the information in each box. No hand-written chart information will be accepted.
  2. After you fill in the chart, identify three significant differences between these countries. Use the data from the indicators in the chart to explain your answers/rationale, making sure to discuss each of the six countries for each difference you identify. You should have one paragraph for each of the three differences, totaling three paragraphs.
  3. Explain how the three differences you identified affect the ability of these countries to be sovereign, govern their people, utilize their resources, and control their territory. Basically, consider how these factors impact the ability of these countries to function.
  4. Considering the differences you identified, explain whether you think it is fair that each of these countries gets one vote in the United Nations General Assembly.