Hi everyone, In my school I'm in a special program (haha...not that kind of "special") and one of the requirements is to write an extended essay, which means about 4000 words on a fairly specific topic. Well, I've chosen the Cold War as the broad area and now I need to narrow it down. I thought I would come to you all as this forum has some of the finest intelligence I've seen and I also enjoy the massive user-base. Many times I'll see how topics are attacked from people with all different mindsets and experiences. Anyways, on to the criteria: The topic should be specific enough to go into some pretty deep analysis within the 4000 word limit. The topic should be fairly debatable. Idealy, there are two opposing sides to the argument. In the paper the main format is to identify both schools of thought and to then analyze them. And then to finally come to a conclusion with your analysis. The topic should not be within the last 10 years. I know I already said the Cold War was the subject area but I still just wanted to put this out there as another guideline to follow. Anyways, an example of a good topic is the on-going debate over Pope Pius XII, the pope during World War II. Many feel that his silence during the war over the Holocaust helped prolonged it and that he should have used his power to help put a stop to it. **WARNING** Please, don't turn this thread into an area for personal debate. I know the fact that I'm asking for "debatable" topics might already be in warm water but I don't want to go any further. I would simply like suggestions on debated topics in Cold War history according to the criteria I've mentioned (a brief explanation might also be nice) and then from there I'll do the research. Thank you all very much in advance. P.S. I wish I could do an Extended Essay on people who feel the Matrix had no plot versus those who did. Now there would be a fun paper to write!