Explain what the freedom house index measures in terms of regime type
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
It is 2023 and you are a government aid in the United States National Security Council. Due to the recent change in the administration, President Joe Biden has brought in his hand-selected team to fill the positions that change with each administration. Being in a non-appointed official, you have experience with the ins-and-outs of the department and the various countries that the United States has expressed interest in understanding. The new administration has presented you with two high-priority countries that need updated country profiles for the next meeting with President Biden and his cabinet, as well as other high ranking White House officers. Desiring to understand two African countries, the President has requested that you create a small country profile that briefly compares the countries of Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

THE ASSIGNMENT
You will research two countries, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in an attempt to create a brief country comparison report that is no longer than 1 ½ pages.
Your responsibilities are as follows:
1. For both countries, identify whether it is a democracy or autocracy using the freedom house dataset (25pts total for section 1).
• Explain what the freedom house index measures in terms of regime type (5pts).
i. The freedom house score comes from the Freedom House’s Freedom In the World project. The website for the project can be found in a link on Canvas.
• Find the freedom house score for each country for the year 2019 (5pts each country).
• Explain whether the country is a democracy or a dictatorship based on its respective freedom house score (5pts each country).
2. For both countries, you must identify if the country is developed or not (40pts total for section 2).
• Explain what the gross domestic product per capita data is trying to capture in terms of development (5pts).
i. The gross domestic product per capita data comes from the World Bank Development Indicators.
• Find the gross domestic product per capita of each country for the year 2019 (5 pts each country).
• Explain what the human development index is trying to capture in terms of development (5pts).
i. The Human Development Index dataset website has been posted on Canvas.
• Find the human development index score for each country for the year 2019 (5pts each country).
• Explain whether the country is developed or not and why using both gross domestic product per capita and the human development index (5pts each country).
3. For both countries, you must identify if the country has engaged in some level of domestic political violence (30pts total for section 3).
• Explain what factors must be present for a conflict to be considered a civil war (5pts).
i. The civil war dataset explanation has a citation that you can use for citing the project.
• Identify if the country has experienced a civil war between 2000 – 2021 (5pts each country).
i. You must provide a brief (2 -3 sentences) summary of the civil war to receive full credit if the country has experienced a civil war.
• Explain what factors must be present to identify a coup d’état (5pts).
i. The coup d’état dataset explanation has a citation that you can use for citing the project.
• Identify if the country has experienced a coup d’état between 2000 – 2021 (5pts each country).
i. You must provide a brief (2 -3 sentences) summary of the coup d’état attempt to receive full credit if the country has experienced a coup d’état.
4. You will also be graded on your ability to correctly format the assignment. (10pts)
• The assignment must be single spaced. (2pts)
i. To clarify, there must not be a space between the lines within each paragraph.
• The report must be Times New Roman with 12pt font. (2pts)
• You must cite at least three sources and have a properly formatted bibliography. (2pts)
i. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for the bibliography.
ii. If you are not sure about whether a source is proper or how it should be cited, it is your responsibility to check.
iii. You must cite the datasets that you use in your project.
iv. You must also cite the sources that you use to present any non-data information.
• You must use in-text citations. (2pts)
i. Use the Chicago Manual of style for in-text citations.
1. Format à (“Author name”, “Year”).
ii. If you do not cite your sources when providing information in the report, it is considered plagiarism.
iii. If significant portions of the report are highlighted as plagiarized, you will receive a 0 for the assignment. The report must be in your own words. Do not directly copy information.
• The report may not be longer than 1 ½ pages. (2pts)
i. If the report is longer than 1 ½ pages, I will only grade the information you have within the 1 ½ page limit.
ii. The project must be in either Word or PDF format.
5. Overall, your writing assignment is a 1 ½ -page report on the two countries and must identify the above information requirements.