Discussion Boards can be a useful way to simulate classroom discussion, to elicit opinions and analysis, to have students build upon each other’s ideas, or to create or extend a sense of classroom community. Whether you use a Learning Management System or social media as your platform, preparing the conversations can enhance the quality of the discussion. Creating the assignment might include thinking about Before the discussion, Setting up a discussion, During the discussion, and After the discussion
Universities (and K-12 schools) across America rapidly shifted online in March 2020 in response to Covid-19 and social distancing policies. What are some things teachers should know? Read more
Elections due in 2021 and considered for spring 2020 will now be held this February 8, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced today
What are the domestic and foreign policy stakes of Ireland’s elections?
Seemless border at risk? on the left, County Armagh, NI, UK; on the right, County Louth, Republic of Ireland (Google Maps)
2020 Elections in Ireland (from Foreign Policy Assn’s foreignpolicyblogs.com)
Leo Varadkar‘s Fine Gael party has led the government for nine years. It has come under domestic pressure on issues like housing, health care, and the divergent paths of the economy in different regions. Ireland’s larger question is on the Brexit negotiations and managing the new border between it and the UK.
In their support of the Green New Deal, did some Democrats call for a return to American global leadership – or even endorse American Exceptionalism?
October 23, 2018
Historically frequent changes in party control of White House, Congress to continue?
In addition to the many imminent questions about the U.S. elections Tuesday, November 6, is a more historical one of continuity and volatility. The back-and-forth changes of party control in Congress and the White House seen during the past decade are unlike anything in the last hundred years.
A Spanish diplomat and I joined nearly 600 other international observers, deployed all across Russia, for the March 18 presidential elections. The two of us flew several hours east overnight from Moscow, and then with a local driver and interpreter met voters and elections officials in frozen central Eurasia. Here’s some of what we saw.
In traditional souks we met the sellers of spices and vegetables of every kind, as well as iPhones and Haagen-Dazs….
Beyond the spice shops and restaurants and holy sites, though, this is also Occupied Palestine…. I saw things that reminded me of the difficulties in Banja Luka, Tijuana, and Kirkuk. A new art gallery illustrates decades of resistance to occupation, and I anticipated decades more. But the graffiti on the Palestinian side of The Wall – peace doves, Trump satire, pizza ads – chronicles desperate, ironic, yet hopeful Palestinians. It was fascinating to me that many of the Palestinians I met were not pessimistic.
Instead, they told me to look at Northern Ireland, South Africa, the Berlin Wall….
Many Americans think of Saudi Arabia as the world’s rich oil producer, the cradle of Islam, and the home of most of the September 11th hijackers.
Ahead of President Trump’s first foreign visits, Saudi officials described the Kingdom’s counter-terrorism bona fides.
Read more: Jerusalem Post, May 17, 2017
A review of some of my recent columns:
For the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet):
A former Obama official warns, ““There’s no excuse not to know that the system is blinking red when it comes to the potential for a major national security-driven cyber incident to hit our critical infrastructure in a way that causes major economic issues.”
For the Foreign Policy Association’s blogs:
Former Israeli defense minister, General Moshe Ya’alon gave his first public remarks as candidate for Prime Minister. He began by agreeing with the notion that the Middle East is in its biggest crisis since the time of Mohammad, concluding that the problem is “Iran, Iran, Iran.”
For the Jerusalem Post:
Mr Trump’s “proportional response” of cruise missiles may settle the issue in the short run. But in Syria, in other crises, and in developing his own long-term national security strategy, it will be difficult for Mr Trump to find a third way in between more American war in the Middle East and American withdrawal from global leadership.