So many good sources, so little time!  Here a just a few places you might find smart, interesting, funny or otherwise relevant insight on politics and international politics.  A comprehensive list would be overwhelming – these will get you started.   Suggestions welcome!

Citations: Chicago, MLA, APA?  a comprehensive list of tools from Purdue

Must-see videos on social media, social learning, technology, and international politics

Pia Mancini, How to Upgrade Democracy for the Internet Era (2014)
Charli Carpenter, Transnational Politics, i(I)nternational r(R)elations, and the Information Age – on teaching, scholarship, and Web 2.0 and 3.0 (2012)
Clay Shirky,  “How Social Media Can Make History” (2009)
Clay Shirky,  “How Cognitive Surplus Will Change the World” (2010)

APSA Teaching and Learning Conference 2014, “Short Course on MOOCs“, (J.Quirk, 20:20-24:46)
Ann Ferren Conference 2016, “Online Learning: What Students Want” panel.

Marc Scott, “Kids Can’t Use Computers…and this is why it should worry you” (2013)

The first Washington Post reports on Snowden, one two and three

Politics Blogs:  Just a couple of the many, many good ones

Monkey Blog – poli-sci research summarized at the Washington Post’s Danger Room – on technology and national security
Foreign – almost everything here, especially Marc Lynch blogs and Democracy Lab.
Dan Drezner is now at the Washington Post (his older stuff still at
The Duck of Minerva – international relations blog (many contributors) with a more academic approach, including this list of posts on academia itself
Foreign Policy Associations Foreign Policy Blogs, including me

2020 Presidential Candidates via Wikipedia

Twitter:  build your own list of favorites – these lists might get you started

Who does Foreign Policy magazine follow? (2019)
Who does IEEE Spectrum follow?  (2019)

New to Twitter? Here are a couple of follow-lists to get you started.  Some on these lists are controversial – I am not endorsing any of them here – in politics, in finance, and web-wide – (2019)

Archive:   FP Twitterati 100 (2013), Business Insider’s top 100 tech tweeters (2014)

Links for Class:

Tips on Building an Academic Poster (and more tips)
Four models of IR, Nye and Welch
Ray Bradbury, “Next Stop: The Stars” Maclean’s (Oct 27, 1956)
[this was later known as “The End of the Beginning”]
Vorjes, “Microsoft Bids to Acquire Catholic Church” (1994)
M. Naim, From the Vatican to Baghdad the little guy is calling the shots, Financial Times,
(June 13, 2006)
Larry Diamond, “What is Democracy?” speech at Hilla University (Iraq), 2004
Freedom House annual report on Freedom in the World
Journal of Democracy web site
Maps of War: March of Democracy
A Whisper to a Roar – documentary’s web site
The Foreign Policy 500 – the 500 most powerful people on the planet (2013)
Destro and Ross, Is Kurdistan an Iraqi success story? Washington Post (2013)
John Dower on Embracing Defeat (1999), C-SPAN
Quirk, “Is it too late to learn lessons for Iraq?” Contemporary Security Policy (2006). pdf:
[Quirk – lessons for Iraq – CSP]
Dobbins, Beginner’s Guide to Nation-Building (Rand, 2007)
Dobbins, After the Taliban (2008) and 2013 update
Minxin Pei and Sara Kasper, “Lessons from the Past: The American Record on Nation-Building,” (CEIP 2003)
Conrad Crane and W. Andrew Terrill, “Reconstructing Iraq,” (Army War College 2003)
Rory Stewart, Prince of the Marshes (2006), on Charlie Rose Show, on Afghanistan and Iraq.
Zalmay Khalilzad on the future of Afghanistan and Iraq (2013)
Saima Wahab, In My Father’s Country (2012), on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and NPR
Travis “CAPT Trav” Patriquin, “How to Win in Anbar” (2006)
Yergin and Stanislaw, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (PBS, 2002).  This video series is perhaps the single best supplement to a wide range of my courses.
Andrew Ross Sorkin discusses Too Big to Fail (Penguin, updated 2010).
Too Big to Fail, the HBO version (2012) and HBO’s summary/trailer (20min), and “explanation” scene (6 min)
The Wire, clip compilation, Frank Sobotka and and the Future of the Stevedores
CNBC American Greed – Season 4, Episode 12 (2013): “Cyber Crime: Max Butler The 100 Leading Global Thinkers (2013)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014 Letter (Three Myths)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: How Does Foreign Aid Work? (2014)
Washington Post: 40 maps that explain the world (2013), 40 more (2014), and 40 charts (2014)
Thomas Friedman Reporting: Searching for the Roots of 9/11  (video, 2003)
In Memoriam: New York City 9/11/01 (video, HBO, Rudolph Giuliani, 2003)
Center for Systemic Peace’s Polity IV Series
World Press Freedom from Reporters Without Borders
Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom
European Debt Crisis Visualized (2014)


Reinventing the Interview,” LinkedIn Talent Solutions, 2018.  For example, “Charles
Schwab’s CEO Walt Bettinger invites candidates to breakfast and asks restaurants to mess up their orders. He does this to find out what type of people they are and how they respond to adversity.”

Crisis Communications: Lessons from the Biggest Blunders and Best Rebounds,” Agility: PR Solutions, undated

The Absurd Structure of High School, B. Bleske, Medium, 2019

How can we convince students that easier doesn’t always mean better, J. Lang, Chronicle of Higher Ed, 2019

The Learning Scientists – making scientific research on learning more accessible

Why are all the black kids still sitting together? Beverly Daniel Tatum, AACU, 2017

Re: Your Recent Email to your Professor, Corrigan and McNabb, Inside Higher Ed, 2015

TRIP Survey – 2012 – Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) Project – College of William & Mary.  PDF page 51 (scholars), 55-56 (books and journals), 62-64 (schools), 71 ff. (current events poll). Also: Recent Snap Polls from TRIP (and all Snap Polls).

Art Carden, “Dear Student: I don’t lie awake at night thinking of ways to ruin your life,” Forbes (Jan 12, 2o12)

Weissmann, “You’ll be shocked at how many of the world’s top students are American” The Atlantic (4-30-2013)

Captain Travis Patriquin, How to Win in Iraq, CBS News Dec 15, 2011. His PowerPoint

Visiting Washington:

Congressional Hearings
…also try the Senate Cmtes schedules
Supreme Court of the United States
White House:
Arlington National Cemetery
National Archives
Smithsonian Museum(s) are free:
Think tanks: – many but not all of these are based in D.C. or have offices here
Universities:,,,,,,,, others.
Embassies and Cultural Centers:
Events at IMF/World Bank.

Hall of Fame Archive

University of Texas, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. Something for everyone.

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy.  (PBS, 2002). An unparalleled assembly of interviews, summary and analysis of the history of the global economy from World War I through September 11th.  Three episodes totaling six hours, it ranges from Lenin to Keynes and Hayek to Milton Friedman and Margaret Thatcher to globalization and China Rising.  Effective in toto or using any of the dozens of 3-to-8-minute clips.  Web site includes rich background material on 150 people, dozens of countries, extensive glossary, and more.  UPDATE:  The still-useful, original PBS web site remains online with many resources, including a complete transcript. But the QuickTme videos no longer work on Chrome and Firefox.  At this time (2015) you can still find individual chapters and complete versions of Episode 1Episode 2, and Episode 3 on YouTube, but the links may change over time. Or here or here or here

The Death of Yugoslavia.  (BBC documentary)  This is the complete version, (approximately five hours?) with live video of the war and its refugees, and hours of interviews of Slobodan Milosevic, Ratko Mladic, Richard Holbrooke, and many others.  Includes internal Bosnian Muslim leadership discussions, UN and European officials, and much more.  Culminates with a candid video record of the negotiations at Dayton.  Use with Holbrooke’s To End a War and Laura Silber’s Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation. – make sure “Date Added = Oldest to Newest”

Just for fun:

Jon Stewart on Al-Bernameg (The Program) with Bassem Youssef (2013)

Selected from J.Quirk (faculty page

At Foreign Policy Association’s blog, (2015- )

Online Learning: Some Notes for Going Online Midsemester,
Educause Review, 2020
Lost (and Found) in Translation: What Online Students Want, with M.S. Young, Educause Review (2016)
Norman Angell and Alfred T. Mahan: Technology, globalization, and international security today, Mediterranean Quarterly (2015)
Globalization at risk, the changing preferences of states and societies, Managing Global Transitions: International Research Journal (2008)
Examining threats
 of the economic aspects of globalization, International Advances in Economic Research (2007)
Is it too late to learn lessons for Iraq?, Contemporary Security Policy (2006)

Online Learning: What the Students are Saying (video), Ann Ferren Conf (2016)
Online Learning and the Mobile Student, U.S. Embassy Speaker Series, Serbia (2015)
Who Are the Kurds? Geopolitical Monitor (2014)
Norman Angell and Alfred Thayer Mahan: 20th Century Voices, 21st Century Problems, Council for European Studies (2014)
Short Course on MOOCs: Teaching from the Student’s Perspective (19:30–25:00), APSA Teaching and Learning Conference (2014)
From Desk to Mobile: Where Students Work, How, and Why It Matters, 25th Annual Ann Ferren Conference (2014)
American Federalism in International Context,” (frequently, since April 2013), Open World Leadership Center, Library of Congress
Online learning has great potential and pitfalls,” Baltimore Sun (2013)
Iraqi Kurdistan Religious Freedom Project (2013). See also.
From Arbil to Zahko: Christian Communities in Iraqi Kurdistan,” Fair Observer (2012)
Elections 2012: Why the Economy Might Not Matter,” Fair Observer (2012)

“What does it mean that God is All-Present?” in Kurt Denk, ed., Many Hands, One Dream / Muchas Manos, Un Sueño: The Story of Project Mexico (Baltimore: Resonant, 2004)

Dissertation Abstract: Peace through Integration: Integrating Former Adversaries into a Cooperative Community in Search of Peace and Stability (April 2003). WorldCat. Abstract on ProQuest.  Full text pdf (ProQuest login req’d).


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