More websites for teaching International and Global Studies

Since I last posted some suggested websites to the blog, I’ve learned about several others that are useful for an introductory class in International and Global Studies. I’ve tried to focus on sites that emphasize analysis or resources rather than news, with the exception of one suggestion from The New York Times:

Financial Crisis:

Some students are visual learners. For those trying to understand current economic news in Europe, the New York Times has a set of interactive graphics that convey relative GDP, and debt flows, to make sense of the crisis.

Global Issues

For a great website on global issues, which includes many videos, see the Global Dashboard: notes from the future.

Demographics and Health:

The Population Reference Bureau’s blog contains a wealth of information on demographics. Explore the posts to learn what is happening in Taiwan, the country with the world’s lowest fertility, or to learn about a new census by caste in India. Another great site for demographics is demography matters, which is the home of a “loose network of demographers, economists, and social scientists.” Amongst the interesting posts available now is one on the crisis in Greece.

Jenna Langford writes articles for a website with information about on-line Masters in Health Policy. She brought to my attention this page of the website, which provides access to many free apps for the I-phone  and I-pad regarding health information and news.

The Environment

Don’t be confused by the title. The New Security Beat focuses on environmental issues, such as water, agriculture, and population. The blog is hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


I began my career as a Brazilianist, and still enjoy following news from the region. Greg Michener is a fellow Canadian who lives in Rio de Janeiro, where he has an excellent blog about Brazilian politics. Another useful site is that of Joao Augusto de Castro Neves, a political scientist in Washington DC, who writes about Brazilian foreign affairs and politics in both English and Portuguese.

As always, I’m curious to learn what websites you favor. Please post your ideas and suggestions in the “Comments” section below.

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