This phase will be shorter than the others; only four blog entries and an essay.
The topic is the involvement or interest of foreign global powers in your conflict (ie not your own country).
Some of your conflicts are either pretty much over (Iran nuclear crisis), or not of special interest to people outside the country.
In those cases, you may pick a new issue that is related to the old one (so that you know enough about it) BUT you have to pick it this week so you have time to do the research before the essay. Please explain the switch in this week's blog entry
You should write a paragraph or so explaining what other powers are implicated in your conflict, why, and what they are doing about it. You will have to keep track of those same powers for the next four weeks, so choose wisely. The bigger the power (China, US, Russia, France, Brazil, EU, even NATO), the better.
Please ask me if you need any clarification!