(and sorry for posting so late)
Here is the complete rubric for the essay you will have to write:
The origin, length, general evolution, and current status of the conflict;
the names, motivations and relative strengths of each actor or belligerent;
any international or global threat posed by an escalation of the conflict.
You most likely have most of this information already. If you don't, you have two more entries before the essay is due. If you have more, it's allowed in the essay, but keep in mind the length you have to respect.
If you really feel like you could write the essay now, I would advise you to start doing Phase 2 stuff: find a good map and start to mark important places, and keep track of current events.
Please remember to copy the url of your sources into your message (or send it to me if you can't). Also, this week, there is a 200-word limit on the post!