Essential tools for teaching international and global studies

An excellent introductory textbook for the study of globalization, plus links to online resources including instructor’s manual, supplementary online chapter, and an active blog. Continue Reading Essential tools for teaching international and global studies

Lloyd Kramer: Why the History of Nationalism Matters in a Global Age, Part 3

This is the third in a series of three guest posts from historian Lloyd Kramer, author of Nationalism in Europe and America: Politics, Cultures, and Identities since 1775. You can read Part 1 here and read Part 2 here.–ellen The Similarities of European and American Nationalisms I suggested in my earlier posts that the history… Continue Reading Lloyd Kramer: Why the History of Nationalism Matters in a Global Age, Part 3

Leon Fink: Oceanic Piracy–A War without Nations

In today’s guest post, Leon Fink, author of Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World’s First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to the Present, reflects on the recent Somali pirate attack on a group of Americans on a private yacht.  With piracy on the rise off the Somali coast, the relationship between commerce, globalization, power,… Continue Reading Leon Fink: Oceanic Piracy–A War without Nations

American Democracy and the Challenge of Globalization

The midterm election campaign now approaching the home stretch has brought with it striking but fairly empty calls to action–from the Tea Party frenzy over fiscal virtue to a president exhorting his base with the banal promise of “moving America forward.” But this and all the other lamentable features of our democracy, it is worth… Continue Reading American Democracy and the Challenge of Globalization

The Obama National Security Strategy: “Mush” Ado about Nothing?

In the world of U.S. foreign policy, the release of a new National Security Strategy is a big deal. This congressionally mandated exercise offers an opportunity for the executive to grapple with basic issues, and it may even herald the birth of a “doctrine” (as it did for George W. Bush in 2002). The Obama… Continue Reading The Obama National Security Strategy: “Mush” Ado about Nothing?