The topic for your research paper can be anything pertaining to border and coastal security. You are a college student so you will develop the research question, hypothesis and methodology. There is NO NEED for you to “gain approval” for the question. I treat my students as mature learners.
Here is the specific format: Title Page (APA format) Abstract – follow APA formatting Introduction (single Research Question and Hypothesis) Literature Review (Note this is not an annotated bibliography but a Literature Review) Methodology – don’t simply state qualitative methodology. Content Analysis? Case Study? Analysis & Findings Conclusion and Recommendations Reference list