Where is the conflict?
Why is it taking place?
What is the current political geography of this region?
Who are the people involved?
Who are the religious/ethnic groups involved?
Does physical geography play a role?
What is being fought over?
Is this affecting other regions?
Evolution of the current political situation
What is the current political situation?
How and when did this situation emerge?
What are the specific demands/interests of each side?
Who has and wants sovereignty in this situation?
How has history shaped this conflict?
United States Interests
Why should the U.S. Be concerned with this conflict?
What has the U.S. Done about it?
What should the U.S. Do about it?
Road to Recovery
How and when could this conflict be solved?
What has to happen for it to be solved?
If it has been solved, what was the solution? Who implemented it and what benefits or disadvantages are there for this solution?