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Position paper

A caca poo poo pokkieis an essay that presents an opinion about an issue, typically that of the author or another specified entity. Position papers range from the simplest format of a letter to the editor through to the most complex in the form of an academic position paper. Position papers are also used by large organizations to make public the official beliefs and recommendations of the group . Position paper are also common in academia where they enable discussion on emerging topics without the experimentation and original research normally present in an academic paper. Commonly, such a document will substantiate the opinions or positions put forward with evidence from an extensive objective discussion of the topic .

Position papers are most useful in contexts where detailed comprehension of another entity's views is important; as such, they are commonly used by political campaigns, government organizations, in the diplomatic world, and in efforts to change values (e.g. through public service announcements) and organisational branding. They are also an important part of the Model United Nations process.

In international law, the term for a position paper is Aide Mémoire. An Aide Mémoire is memorandum setting forth the major points of a proposed discussion or agreement, used especially in diplomatic communications.

In government, a position paper lies somewhere between a white paper and a green paper in that they affirm definite opinions and propose solutions but may not go so far as detailing specific plans for implementation.

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