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About the United Nations: Africa Recovery. (1990).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its description of the current state of political, economic and military affairs in several African countries, and the reasons behind the ongoing financial problems. Topics and materials include the description of the state of African schools due to its financial debts to the West; general relationship between Western financial aid and African debts; live interviews with several African men and women. I recommend this video for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/27/04.

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All Connected Now: Life in the First Global Civilization

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Recommended because this books vividly describes four kinds of global change – economic, political, cultural, and biological. Start by Part 2 “Connections” since this part discusses how globalization has been advanced economically, politically, culturally, and biologically.

Citation: Anderson, Walt. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press. $27.50.

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Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because AOSIS is a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges and concerns about the environment, especially their vulnerability to the adverse effects of global climate change. Topics and materials included in this site are statements and reports, Islands News, and contact information. Start by “Islands News” since it provides updated news about island themes. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/5/04.

Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

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Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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Arms for the Poor. (1998).

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Recommended because Arms for the Poor illustrates how  the U.S. government and arms exporters affect lives of people in other countries through the arms trade. Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has doubled its arms sales; the U.S. sells more weaponry abroad than all other 52 arms exporters combined; 80% of U.S. arms sales go to repressive, non-democratic governments. Activists and experts interviewed link U.S. arms sales to the maintenance of global inequality.

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Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because APPF attempts to promote greater regional identification and cooperation with particular focus on issues relating to regional peace and security. Topics and materials included in this site are information about brief history of APPF, milestone declaration, areas of interest, relevant links. Start by “Areas of Interest” as this provides brief overview of topics that APPF deals with. Be aware of the fact that “Related Links” provides numerous links to various political organizations. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/5/04.

Center for Defense Information (CDI)

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Recommended because of its devotion to “strengthening security through: international cooperation; reduced reliance on unilateral military power to resolve conflict; reduced reliance on nuclear weapons; a transformed and reformed military establishment; and, prudent oversight of, and spending on, defense programs”. The site is also recommended for being a non-governmental establishment dedicated to the provision of non-filtered information to the public. Topics and materials include arms trade; children and armed conflict; missile defense; nuclear issues; small arms and light weapons; space security and others. Start by Children and Armed Conflict section, which covers such topics as affected countries, children and small arms, child soldiers, U.S. Policy, and others. For more information on CDI and its issues of interest go to the Issues section of the site. Recommended for use by educators and high school students.

Council for a Livable World

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Recommended because it is “among the nation’s preeminent arms control organizations and focuses on halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, opposing a national missile defense system, cutting Pentagon waste and reducing excessive arms exports.” Topics and materials included in this site are a number of resources, including the current arms control and weapons’ production debates on the Capitol Hill and around the world. Start by the “Links” within the “Resources” section. This section offers a more extensive look at the weapon industry. It also provides access to an impressive list of websites which break down the issue even more and in great detail and expertise. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/21/03

Countering the Changing Threat of International Terrorism (2000).

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Recommended because this is the 2000 report of the National Commission on Terrorism, which was set up by Congress in the aftermath of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Recent commentators have called the report prescient; the commission predicted that there would be a terrorist attack on the United States on the scale of Pearl Harbor. It also noted that our multi-billion dollar counter-terrorism effort designed to thwart and warn against such an attack is plagued by procedures that have made it difficult for the CIA to employ “the services of clandestine informants” while the FBI “suffers from bureaucratic and cultural obstacles in obtaining terrorism information.” This book would be used to teach high school students the ways to prevent or respond to terrorist attack.
Reviewed by PBS Frontline.

Citation: The National Commission on Terrorism.

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Europa

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its seemingly complete overview of structure, purpose, and current engagements of the European Union. This site is a great supplement to the Euro Parliament site, only it is more extensive and developed. Topics and materials included in the site are a detailed collection of encyclopedic resources which tell a complete story of the EU, supplemented by great visual resources, such as maps, photos, tables, etc. The site is available in all of the member languages. Start by “The EU at a Glance” section, which is a wonderful introduction to EU, with the quick EU history, maps, and downloadable, recently rewritten EU anthem. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/26/03

Foreign Policy Association

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Recommended because the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a nonprofit organization that educates Americans about the world and global issues.  Start by learning about the Great Decisions Global Affairs Education Program.  Be aware that membership with the FPA and access to materials on this site requires a fee.  Updated by Sara Adduchio 2012.

 

Global Awareness: Thinking Systematically about the World (2002).

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Recommended because this book intends to raise readers awareness and understanding of global trends, forces, and events. Topics and materials included in this book are
Thinking about the world as a single place, global awareness, systems, changing systems, global systems, invisible systems, and globalization and nation-state politics. Start by the chapter 1 Thinking about the World as a Single Place since this chapter discusses various aspects of globalization including culture, economics, biology, history, futurism, and biography. Be aware of the fact that each chapter follows the relevant case study.

Citation: Clark, P. Robert. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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Global Community: The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World (2002).

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Recommended because this book attempts to examine and help readers understand roles of international organizations in the making of the world today. Topics and materials included in this book are the origins of global community, the new internationalism, beyond the cold war, more states, more nonstate actors, the growth of civil society, and toward global community. Start by the chapter 1 The Origins of Global Community since this chapter attempts to answer the question How did the global community emerge and develop? by looking at the creation, growth, and activities of international organizations.

Citation: Iriye, Akira. Los Angels, CA: University of California Press.

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Global Governance: The Battle over Planetary Power (2003).

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Recommended because this book attempts to seek ways to create an international system of just governance. Topics and materials included in this book are the international institutions, the global economy, corporate politics, citizen action, and what is possible. I recommend you start with Introduction: Who is in charge? since this chapter discusses who is in charge of this planet and attempts to raise the awareness that we must create a more democratic and just governance. This book is recommended for junior and high school students.

Citation: Dawkins, Kristin. New York: Seven Stories Press.

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Globalization and the Challenges of a New Century

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Recommended because of its examining globalization, its views around the world, and its affects on our lives. Topics and materials include global order ad disorder; changing nature of national borders; conflict and security in a new world order; globalization and the evolution of democracy; new global economy; the age of information; environment and technology; new global culture. I recommend this book for use by educators and teachers, and also for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: O’Meara, Patrick, Mehlinger, Howard D. & Krain, Matthew (2000). Indiana University Press.

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Globalization and the Challenges of a New Century: A Reader. (2000).

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Recommended because it explores globalization and its impact from interdisciplinary perspectives. The ten-part book explores global order and disorder, the new nature of national borders, conflict and security in a new world order, globalization and the evolution of democracy, the new global economy, doing business in the information age, forecasting the future, the environment, and an emerging global culture.

Citation: O’Meara, Patrick, Mehlinger, Howard D., & Krain, Matthew (editors). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

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Globalization and the Postcolonial World: The New Political Economy of Development.

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Recommended because it examines the ways in which globalization is affecting the countries of the developing world, with emphasis on emerging global forms of production, exchange and governance. Topics and materials include examples of diverse impacts of globalization in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, Latin America; identification of different postcolonial responses to globalization in these parts of the world; the new architecture of globalization of core-periphery relations in the world economy in which social divisions replace geographic divisions, and in which the politics of exclusion replace the politics of incorporation. I recommend this book for use by educators and teachers, and also for use by high-school students. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Hoogvelt, Ankie (1997). The Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Going Global for the Greater Good: Succeeding as a Nonprofit in the International Community.

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Recommended because Going Global for the Greater Good offers a unique look at the way nonprofits–of any size–an increase their impact and better achieve their missions by engaging in the international community. Nonprofits that see themselves as part of a global community can provide a broader reach for programs, enhance the diversity of their organizations, raise their organizations

Citation: Koenig, Bonnie (2004). MA: Jossey-Bass.

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Green Party: Global Greens

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because The Global Greens is the international network of Green parties and political movements attempting to promote the Global Green Charter among the Green Parties of the world, kindred groups, and in society at large; and to stimulate and facilitate action on matters of global consequence. Topics and materials included in this site are news and press on regional green parties, party history, green party audio and video, photo essay, and literature/bibliography. Start by “Global Green Charter” in order to get a sense on what global greens do. Be aware of the fact that some of the audio/video resources do not work. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/5/04.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

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Recommended because of its maintenance and access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. Topics and materials included in the site are extensive data and research study archives, which are easily located using the resources and tools offered by the site. Start by “Data Access and Analysis” to get an idea of the possibilities and extents of the search engine and the kinds of data offered. Be aware of the fact that this search engine will be useful for teachers looking for specific topics or data. The site also has an option for depositing research data, which is also a potentially useful feature. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/23/03.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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Recommended because ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organization to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. Topics and materials included in this site are information about ICRC activities, focus, humanitarian law, info resources, and news. Start by “Focus” since it provides recent reports on various issues such as Biotechnology and weapons, landmines, missing persons, women and war, children in war, war and displacement, RC movement, emblem, war and money, accountability, people on war, and debate on humanitarian action. Be aware of that “Info resources” provides numerous photos, audio, video resources on ICRC activities. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/6/04.

International Forum on Globalization (IFG)

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Recommended because because although the IFG presents a slightly slanted focus in favor eliminating capitolist ideals which promote globalization, it does contain information pertaining to environmental activism around the world.  Start with Climate Resources and IFG Programs. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. Topics and materials include the fall of the west and the rise of the east; Hollywood McWorld videology; MTV as the McWorld’s noisy soul; Wild Capitalism vs. democracy; capitalism vs. democracy in Russia; and other. I recommend this book for use by teachers and educators, and also for use by high-school students. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Barber, Benjamin R. (1996). Ballantine Books.

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Losing Control? Sovereignty in an Age of Globalization.

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Recommended because it examines the rise of private transnational legal codes and supranational institutions such as World Trade Organization and universal human rights covenants, to argue that sovereignty remains an important feature of the international system, though it is no longer confined to the nation-state. Topics and materials include the effects of globalization on the denationalization of national territory; the roles and implication of such institutions as NAFTA, or European Union; economic citizenship; immigration and other. I recommend this book for use by educators and teacher, and also for use in high school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Sassen, Saskia (1996). Columbia University Press, NY.

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Mid American Model United Nations (MAMUN)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its opportunity of simulation of the U.N. in the classroom. “Students assume the roles of ambassadors to the United Nations and are provided with an agenda comprised of items also being debated by the real United Nations in New York. Students, acting as delegates, research the issues from the agenda and study their assigned nation’s point-of-view in order to accurately represent the country.” Topics and materials included in the site are all the necessary resources and information to get acquainted and to get involved with MAMUN. Start by “About us” section, which answers all FAQ’s. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/26/03.

NATO

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Recommended because of its extensive and up-to-date coverage of NATO, its history and current state. The site is a good resource for learning about this important international organization, and it is easy to navigate. Topics and materials included in the site are extensive photo, audio, video, and text archives which offer large amounts of information on NATO’s international involvement throughout its entire existence. Start by the “Welcome to NATO” section or the “Frequently Asked Questions” section to get basic information about NATO. It is also recommended to start with “Issues” as it offers information about critical concerns that NATO is currently dealing with. Be aware of the fact that NATO, well-promoted by its “high-tech” site to suite young generations’ needs for stimulating virtual presentation, though important to know and reference, in reality if a “left-over” of the Cold War. Its international role is and will be drastically changing to suite today’s political game. Reviewd by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/20/03.

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

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Recommended because of its continuous and successful effort to provide information and networking opportunities “for citizens and environmental activists concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation and sustainable energy issues.” The service offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the political implications and significance of the nuclear energy industry in the U.S. and around the world. Topics and materials included in the site are regularly updated press releases; complete coverage and link to the NRIS campaigns at home and abroad; U.S. and International news and information; numerous fact sheets; and a variety of ways to get involved. Start by the “Links” section. This sections offers access to an extensive list of socially and politically conscious organizations around the world, actively involved in resolving critical issues by political means. It is also recommended to start with “Fact Sheets” since it provides information about various topics related to Nuclear resource or energy. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/26/03

Out of the Ashes of War: The Founding of the United Nations. (2002)

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Recommended because it provides a clear and elaborate summary of history and current involvements of the U.N. Topics and materials include the explanation of the failure of the League of Nations; the origins of the WWII; the role of the U.S. and the former USSR in the politics of the Eurasian continent; and the formation of the U.N. I recommend this video for use in high school and middle school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/25/04.

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Political Debate (the site currently not working)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its access to live and recently updated information in the area of politics and economics. Topics and materials included in the site are access to live video transmissions; an on-line chat room and message boards, which tend to offer discussions of current political issues and debates. Start by the “Messageboards”, which displays the issues that are being discussed on that particular day. Be aware of possible immature remarks in the chat room. Though it doesn’t happen often, anything is possible. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/26/03.

Student Atlas of World Politics, 5th edition. (2002).

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Recommended because it explores recent developments geopolitics and international relations through maps and data tables. The book contains maps of (1) the contemporary world, (2) states: alliances and conflicts, (3) the global economy, (4) population and human development, (5) food, energy, and materials, (6) environmental conditions, and (7) regions of the world. The book also contains data tables on world countries and a geographic index.

Citation: Allen, John L. Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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Teaching About International Conflict and Peace.

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Recommended because it links substantive current scholarship in major topics in the management if international conflict, economic cooperation and promoting peace in the world. Topics and materials include the use and control of military power; diplomacy; negotiation and peaceful settlement; economic cooperation; human rights; global environmental issues and other. I recommend this book for use educators and teachers, and also for use in high school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Merryfield, Merry M. & Remy, Richard C. (1995). State University of New York Press.

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Teaching International Politics in High School.

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Recommended because it offers answers to the question of how America’s schools should teach about international politics and ways of peace. The volume makes it clear that approaches should be realistic and pragmatic rather that based on generalities about global education and “peace education.” Topics and materials include essays on international economic relations, cultural and linguistic understanding, and the conflict of ideologies and value systems in international affairs. The volume examines traditional academic methods as well as recent innovations. A historian-filmmaker analyzes characteristic distortions of TV news and documentaries. Appendices include sample textbook pages as well as glossary, maps, and an international time line from 1945 to the present. I recommend this book for use by teachers and educators and also for use in high school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: English, Raymond (1989). Ethics and Public Policy Center, University Press of America.

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The Brookings Institution

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Recommended because of its independent, nonpartisan nature and organization, and its devotion “to research, analysis, education, and publication focused on public policy issues in the areas of economics, foreign policy, and governance. The goal of Brookings activities is to improve the performance of American institutions and the quality of public policy by using social science to analyze emerging issues and to offer practical approaches to those issues in language aimed at the general public.” Topics and materials included in the site consist of a variety of topics and projects. “Topics, or areas of research, vary from general (“Business”) to specific (“Defense, Homeland Security”). Projects are activities funded by gifts and grants and explore specific policy questions.”Start by the Brookings Research Topics section. This section provides access to all of the current research projects, which in their turn, offer access to a large amount of related information and resources in many areas, including national defense, terrorism, global politics, etc. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/23/03

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. (1996).

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Recommended because because it provides an analysis of the state of world politics after the fall of communism based on his seminal article “The Clash of Civilizations” published in the Foreign Affairs journal in 1993. The themes of the book are (1) the crucial impact of population growth on instability and the balance of power and (2) how ‘clashes of civilizations’ are the greatest threat to world peace, and an international order based on civilizations is the surest safeguard against world war. The book provides analyses of (1) the concept of civilizations, (2) the question of universal civilization, (3) the relationship between power and culture, (4) the shifting balance of power among civilizations, (5) cultural indigenization in non-Western societies, (6) the political structure of civilizations, (7) conflicts generated by Western universalism, Muslim militancy, and Chinese assertion, (8) responses to the rise of Chinese power, (9) the causes and dynamics of fault line wars, and (10) the futures of the West and of a world of civilizations. The author intends for the book to be an interpretation of the evolution of global politics after the Cold War.

Citation: Huntington, Samuel P. New York: Touchstone.

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The Economist

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its long-standing and world-known tradition of providing consistently savvy, critical, and supported by the exceptional expertise information on political and economic topics and issues. The on-line magazine is a wonderful example of the incredible interconnectedness of politics and economics, which for almost one and a half centuries has persistently demonstrated the importance and inevitability of the well-being of each for the well-being of the other. Recommended for use in high school classes. Topics and materials included in the site are concise, well-written and well-researched articles; extensive and exceptionally detailed statistical information, with centuries old archival resources. Start by the “Past Issues” section. Enjoy the front covers! Be aware of the fact that you must pay for any article. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/25/03.

The Gaia Peace Atlas: Survival into the Third Millennium. (1988).

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Recommended because it provides global perspectives on peace as more than just the absence of war. It provides analyses of the roots of peace and war by exploring human, nuclear, and environmental crises threatening humanity and our planet. The book provides research from international people and organizations/institutions on proposals for immediate and long-term sustainable peace. Exercise and exercise overviews center on (1) what is culture, (2) the building blocks of culture, (3) styles of communication, (4) culture in the workplace, and (5) the cross-cultural perspective. Chapter 2 contains exercises that explore the concept of self (individualist vs. collectivist), personal vs. societal responsibility (universalist vs. particularist), the concept of time (monochronic vs. polychronic), and locus of control (internal vs. external). The ‘Dialogues’ exercise contains four brief cross-cultural dialogues (with seemingly missing exchanges) where students have to figure out the cross-cultural meanings/misunderstandings in the dialogues.

Citation: Barnaby, Frank (editor). New York: Doubleday. http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday

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The Global Trap: Globalization and the Assault of Democracy and Prosperity.

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Recommended because of its frightening analysis of the world’s economic future in which only 20% of the world’s population will be enough to keep the world economy going. Topics and materials include the analysis and causes of the modern day multi-million army of the unemployed, of the massive job insecurity, of the growing gap between low and high paid; the discussion of the upcoming collapse of the world as we know it and other topics. I recommend this site for use by educators and teachers, and also by high-school students. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Hans-Peter, Martin & Schumann, Harald (1997). Zed Books Ltd, New York.

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The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations.

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Recommended because this comprehensive introductory text focuses on explaining to students without previous knowledge of the subject how contemporary world politics work. An introductory chapter discusses the concept of globalization and summarises the main arguments for and against it. Each chapter is written by a leading specialist in the field, and uses diagrams, boxes, and discussion points extensively, making this an extremely reader-friendly student text. Each chapter has a guide to further reading and ends with a series of questions. Reviewed by A World Connected.

Citation: Baylis, J. and Smith, S. (Eds.) (1997). Oxford University Press.

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The Globalization Website

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Recommended because because it provides links to a large amount of globalization resources. The site links to organizations, books, people, issues, theories, and a glossary. The site also links to other megasites, data sources, non-English sites (German, French, and Spanish). Start with General Links. and Data Sources (which are categorized by country or issue).  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds. (1997).

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Recommended because it gives a fair description of the origins, goals, and implications of the Marshall plan. Topics and materials include the explanation of the role of the U.N., and the U.S., in rebuilding post-WWII Europe. The historic narrative of the documentary is supported by contemporary expertise of historians and other academics. I recommend this video for use in high-school classes. Be aware of certain cultural biases of the video. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/25/04.

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The Model United Nations. (1992).

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Recommended because of its excellent presentation of the structure and purpose of the model United Nations. Topics and materials include the explanation of the underlying principles of the organization, with special emphasis on international cooperation; interviews with the students involved; and the ways of getting involved. The video also contains a parallel explanation of the structure the actual U.N.
I recommend this video use in middle and high school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/25/04.

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The Myth of American Eclipse: The New Global Age.

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Recommended because it examines the United States’ status in today’s world and forecasting its future, and arguing that the U.S.’s greatest influence lies ahead, in the “new American century.” Topics and materials include the end of the nation-state era and the beginning of the new Global Age; the “triple revolution” – globalization, reindustrialization, and the ascent of a scientific, technological, megascale culture in incessant change; Americanization of the global society; “perestroika” (structural and content change) in education, media and cultural institutions, and politics are needed to dissolve concerns of the U.S. national spirit. I recommend this book for use by educators and teachers, and also for use by high-school students. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Balk, Alfred (1990). Transaction Publishers.

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The Role of the United States in a Changing World: Choices of the 21st Century.

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Recommended because it employs an innovative and class-tested strategy to present students with four different views of what policies the U.S. should follow in the 21st century.
Topics and materials include human rights and democracy; global cooperation; U.S. economic development; the “Korean peninsula crises”; the “four” alternate futures. The text is accompanied by the Instructor’s Resource guide. I recommend this book for use by high-school students.
Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04

Citation: Lindeman, Mark, Rose, William & Malkasian, Mark (1993). The Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc.

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The Stanley Foundation

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Recommended because this non-profit, nonpartisan, private operating foundation focuses on promoting and building support for principled multilateralism in addressing international issues. Current foundation initiatives include: Global Leadership, Nuclear Material Security, and Preventing Genocide.  Start with Resources for educational materials. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The State of the War and Peace Atlas, 3rd edition (1997).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides global overviews on (1) international terrorism, (2) landmine and military dumping grounds, (3) military spending and nuclear testing, (4) arsenals and the arms trade, and (5) NATO and the UN. The book also provides full-color maps that explore (1) the dynamics of war, (2) wars of identity and belief, (3) wars of poverty and power, (4) the military world, and (5) the dynamics of peace.

Citation: Smith, Dan. London: Penguin.

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The United Nations

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Recommended because of its thorough presentation of possibly the single most powerful international political organization in the world. Although its international prestige and legitimacy have been weakened by the recent war in Iraq, the UN is still the only international organization rightfully serving the ideals of world peace and justice. The UN is the ultimate political institutions, whose immense international value and necessity are yet to be explored by the world. Topics and materials included in this site are a collection of extensive resources about UN — its history, current undertakings, and future goals. Start by the “About the United Nations” section and in particular with the “Organization Chart of the UN system” section, to get an idea of the complexity and size of this organization. It is also recommended to start with “Daily Briefing” provides daily updates on UN briefings and public press releases. Be aware of the fact that “The Situation in Iraq” presents up-to-date information on UN involvement in Iraq. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/26/03.

The United Nations: Come Along With Me!

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Recommended because it offers a personalized view of the United Nations; of its purpose; of the people that work for it; and of the world problems the organization was created to solve and is currently engaged with. The book is written by the wife of the current secretary general of the U.N. Topics and materials include first person account of various UN enterprises and accomplishments around the world; personal narratives describing various personal experiences connected with the UN activities; photos representing the organization, its employees, people and places it serves; drawings of and by children expressing their views of hardships and happiness of their everyday life. I recommend this book for use in elementary school.
Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Annan, Nana (2000). The American Forum for Global Education.

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The World as a Total System.

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Recommended because the extent to which the Earth is a total system of interacting parts as well as the degree to which it is a “great mosaic” of isolated systems having little or no impact on one another. Topics and materials include extensive explanation of various “static” and “dynamic” systems, and representation of the world as a physical system, biological system, social system, economic system, political system, communication system, and an evaluative system. I recommend this book for use in high-school classes. Reviewed by, Aleksandr Kvasov, 01/28/04.

Citation: Boulding, Kenneth E. (1985). Sage Publications, Inc.

Media Type: Book

UN Wire

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its “daily news summary covering the United Nations, global affairs and key international issues”. “U.N. Wire is a free service sponsored by the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Fund, which is dedicated to supporting United Nations efforts on behalf of the environment, population stabilization and children’s health.” Topics and materials included in the site are news releases, photos, reports, statistical banks, and multiple links to various related resources. This on-line publication is free, to which one can easily subscribe by entering their e-mail address in the subscription window. Start by reading “Today’s Top Stories.” The U.N. Wire offers a refreshing unbiased perspective on critical international issues. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/25/03.

United States Institute for Peace

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Recommended because it is “an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts.” Topics and materials included in the site are daily news updates, reports, guides to specialists, electronic data bases, library and various links to a large number related resources. There is also an extensively developed education section which includes a number of downloadable teaching guides concerning “hot” political domestic and international issues. Start by the Resources section. This section contains links and summaries of all of the resources mentioned above and various other information. It is also recommended to start with “For The Classroom” as it offers educational materials such as simulations, teaching guide, and other institute resources. Reviewd by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/21/03.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (1988).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is the music video for the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. Short psychedelic cartoons illustrate each of the Declaration’s 30 articles. They are mostly clever and amusing. For example, the segment for Article 12, which includes guarantees against arbitrary interference with correspondence, features a letter ripped out of an envelope and attacked by an army of needles poking and shredding. The entire series of short cartoons almost all of which are 30 seconds or less would make an excellent prompt for students to complete their own illustrations of these and any other rights they believe should be universal. Students could also be divided into small groups to perform improvisations based on the Universal Declaration or to create pantomimes and perform them as in a game of charades, with other students guessing which article is being acted out.
Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

Media Type: Media

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because UNPO is an organization of nations and peoples not adequately represented in the international community. Topics and materials included in this site are information about summary of UNPO, members, rights of peoples, and relevant links. Start by “Members” since it provides a world map locating members of UNPO and presents brief information about each member when clicking it. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/5/04.