The topic is:observed in 2008* Number of drug offenses per 100,000 population United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 2014. Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics.
Guidelines for Research Paper I
General Guidelines:
The purpose of the research paper is to implement the tasks associated with each stage of an empirical political research project. The end product will be a 6-7 page paper (double-spaced, with 12-point standard Times New Roman font and one-inch margins), not including a page for reference lists (Note: Please do not add a separate cover page).
In terms of the style of the citations and references, you need to follow the style Manual for Political Science (2006) published by the American Political Science Association (APSA). This manual is available on the Canvas.
Your Paper I should contain the following components: title; introduction; literature review; hypotheses and theory; and research design (Note: For research design part, I do not expect you to explain data analysis part in detail since that will be covered after the spring break. Detailed discussion on data and variables should be added to your final paper. So, please discuss simply which research design you will adopt and why).

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Data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (“UNODC”) indicates that the number of drug offenses has generally increased over the last ten years. In particular, there was a significant increase in drug offenses in various countries over the last three years. While the number of drug-related offenses in some countries decreased in 2008 as compared to 2007, a majority of countries recorded an increase. Data from UNODC (2008) indicates that efforts implemented to fight drug-use in some countries have worked, hence the reduction in the number of drug offenses.
The increase in the number of drugs offenses in some countries and territories reveals shifting trends and the international nature of the drug problem. A majority of the cases recorded in countries involve where drug offenses have increased involve importation and exportation. For example, Switzerland which had one of the highest drug-related crime rate per 100,000 population recorded a total of 46,679 drug-related crimes in 2008, a majority of which involved dispatch in transit, transport, importation and exportation of drugs.
In the context of this paper, the definition of the term “total drug-related crimes” is adopted from UNODC 2015. The organization defines total drug-related crimes as all intentional acts that involve the cultivation, production, manufacture, extraction, preparation, offering for sale, distribution, purchase, sale, delivery on any terms whatsoever, brokerage, dispatch, dispatch in transit, transport, importation, exportation, possession or trafficking of internationally controlled drugs...

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