AP Comparative Government Homework

Final Project: Please click here to see the guidelines and links for the final project.

Homework 46: Herders against Farmers--the impact of desertification on Nigeria's economy and politics. This is an excellent reference on Boko Haram. And here's a great piece all about Nollywood.




The high cost of polarization for Mexico's young democracy.

Russia's managed poverty.

Why the U.S. must counter China's efforts to isolate Taiwan.



-Due Friday, May 24th

Homework 45: Check out his article called "What I learned hanging out with Nigerian email scammers." And the sad tale of the Perfect Mark.


If you are interested in people who scam Nigerian scammers, you can check out 419 Eater. If you are particularly interested in scam-baiting and its moral implications check out this episode of the NPR radio show "This American Life" (click on the button for "Full Episode" to hear).


-Due Thursday, May 23rd



China deserves Donald Trump.

Why Colombia is the key to Venezuela's future.

When international NGOs try to "help" local ones and fail.



Optional Stuff

Who knew that the humble aluminum soda can was such a triumph of engineering?

Homework 44 Please continue on in the Ethel Wood reading, pp. 524-531.  About 10 years ago, National Geographic did a piece on the oil industry in the Niger Delta entitled "The Curse of the Black Gold." The article has been swallowed up by the internet, but here is a link to a short documentary that was made with the images from the article.




Is Sri Lanka really a victim of China's debt trap?

If exit polls are right, Indian politics have changed for good.

Boris Johnson in No. 10 is a fitting end for this dark decade.



-Due Wednesday, May 22nd


Optional Stuff

Why do so many NBA teams feature basketballs in their logos while so few NFL teams have footballs in theirs?  This piece actually has a geopolitical element as well.

Homework 43 Please continue on in the Ethel Wood reading, pp. 520-524.  A plethora of resources on Nigerian corruption! This is an amazing podcast on how to steal a million barrels of Nigerian oil.  And here's a piece about the extraordinary removal of central bank governor Lamido Sanusi (by the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan) after he uncovered $20 billion in missing oil money. Here's another account--the Extraordinary Story of Nigeria's $20 Billion Oil Money "Leakage."



Nuclear war is still very possible and very scary.

The Austrian government collapses over its own Russia scandal.

And a shocker in Australia as the Liberals (conservatives) triumph.


-Due Tuesday, May 21st


Optional Stuff

What would we actually do if a civilization-threatening asteroid were hurtling towards Earth?

Homework 42 Please continue on in the Ethel Wood reading, pp. 514-520.  Here's a couple of articles from a Nigerian newspaper--the Vanguard.  This one calls for changes to the Nigerian police force, and here they report on raids by Boko Haram.



Seventy-five years later, Hungary still hasn't come to terms yet with its role in the Holocaust.

South African elections shakes major parties but little more.

Finland is becoming Europe's Japan.



-Due Monday, May 20th


Optional Stuff

Visit the world's only abandoned floating McDonalds!

Homework 41 Please continue on in the Ethel Wood reading, pp. 502-514.  The foot soldiers in Nigeria's quiet gender revolution? The Nigerian government's long road to peace with Boko Haram. A Nigerian middle-class exodus to... Canada?




Jamaica has made "an extraordinary" economic turnaround.

The difference between Algeria and Morocco.

Basketball in Lebanon: war minus the shooting.


-Due Friday, May 17th


Optional Stuff

Did you know that pretty much all eyeglasses (though not Warby Parkers) are made by one giant and shadowy Italian corporation?  It's quite a tale.

Homework 40 Please continue on in the Ethel Wood reading, pp. 492-502.  Also check out this piece about how Pidgin English turns competitors into comrades in Nigeria.



The Sino-Russian relationship is being misunderstood.

In Indian elections, female candidates still need the blessings of men.

Tanzania was East Africa's strongest democracy.  Then came "the bulldozer."


-Due Thursday, May 16th

Homework 39 So we are now starting Nigeria--please read this excerpt from Ethel Wood on Nigeria, pp. 482-92.  Here's an amazing documentary about life in Nigeria's biggest city: Welcome to Lagos (Part 1 and Part 2).



The US-China trade war could be long and painful.

Nigel Farage's comeback.

Mexico's new president turns the clock back on democracy.



-Due Wednesday, May 15th



Optional Stuff

How to pronounce UK place names! Also, one woman--17 British accents.





MINI-PAPER 3: In two to three  pages, I want you to compare some aspect of Mexican government to some aspect of Iranian government.  Go crazy--choose whatever you want!



-Due Monday, May 20th

Homework 38 We are finishing Iran! Please continue on in Ethel Wood--pp. 460-469.  Here's a great video from the Council on Foreign Relations on 2009's Green Movement. Also, check out the Iran Primer--probably the best and most comprehensive website about Iran and its government.



Charting 50 years of turning tides in Australian politics.

Inside Syria's secret torture prisons.

In Philippine elections, Duterte sees chance to consolidate power.



-Due Tuesday, May 14th


ALSO: The fascinating chronicle of the disappearing and reappearing red M&M.

Homework 37 Please continue on in Ethel Wood--pp. 448-460.  Here's a fascinating piece from Foreign Affairs, arguing that the USA was not instrumental in overthrowing Mohammad Mossadeq. And here's a really nice rundown of Operation Ajax from the New York Times.



China has overestimated Trump's desperation to do a deal.

What Netanyahu and Hamas are really fighting for in Gaza.

A weakened A.N.C. heads towards victory in South Africa.



-Due Monday, May 13th


ALSO: If you build a nearly $3 billion nuclear submarine, maybe you had better close the hatches before diving?


ALSO: Video games that work better than school?

Homework 36 Please continue on in Ethel Wood--pp. 437-448.  Iran inches away from the nuclear deal; what now? And Iran sends a threat, causing Europe to scramble.




How Amharic unites--and divides--Ethiopia.

China's calculus after the INF treaty.

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles.


-Due Friday, May 10th


ALSO: 100 Years of Persian/Iranian Beauty

Homework 35 Please continue the Ethel Wood reading--pp. 426-37.  Big news as Iran publicly announces that it is ending compliance with some aspects of the nuclear deal.



Turkey falls deeper into authoritarianism.

Who owns South Africa? And how far can populism go?

As the Chinese flock to Lake Baikal, local Russians growl.



-Due Friday, May 9th


ALSO: Where, exactly did "eeny, meeny, miny and mo" come from?

Homework 33 We are beginning a new country--Iran.  Please read this fantastic primer on the difference between Shia and Sunni Islam. Also, please read "Who Is Ali Khamenei?"--a piece from Foreign Affairs. Finally, check out this excerpt from Marjane Satrapi's great graphic novel Persepolis--a tale of her coming of age during the Iranian Revolution.  Finally, please begin the Ethel Wood reading--pp. 416-426.


A couple of years ago, the New York Times ran a fantastic series of short videos featuring their Tehran bureau chief, Thomas Erdbrink.  It's entitled "Our Man In Tehran."  This is the first episode, which also features a Q&A about Iran.  

Episode 2: The Martyr's Daughter.

Episode 3: Big City Life.

Episode 4: Mr. Big Mouth.

Episode 5: Eye For an Eye.

Episode 6: A Narrow Escape

Episode 7: The Empty River of Life



-Due Wednesday, May 8th


ALSO: I cannot stop watching this video.

Homework 32 Please finish the Ethel Wood reading on Mexico--pp. 391-405. 



How the (once) most corrupt nation in the world got cleaner.

Spain's socialists could finally solve Catalonia.

The persistent status quo in North Korea.




How AI is cracking open the Vatican's secret archives.


-Due Monday, May 6th

Homework 31 Continue on in the Ethel Wood reading on Mexico--please read pp. 383-91.  Here's a piece from September about the election of AMLO.



Vice videos on Mexico!  Thrill to the music of the narcocorridos--bands that play for and celebrate brutal drug cartels (and here's the links to parts two and three).   Be chilled by the seemingly scary (but maybe not so bad) subway gangs of Mexico City.  Don't spill your drink as you learn about what has happened in the 20 years since the Zapatista uprising in the impoverished state of Chiapas. And learn about the triumph of the human will at Mexico's other border.  Also, please read this incredibly gripping article from the New York Times Magazine from a couple of years ago about an American priest ministering to a prison controlled by the Zetas.



Is Russia sleepwalking towards Chinese dominance?

How ultra-remainers could score a spectacular own-goal on Brexit.

...actually, it was a coup attempt in Venezuela.



-Due Tuesday, May 1st

Homework 30 Continue on in the Ethel Wood reading on Mexico--please read pp. 372-83.  Here's a good piece about Jesus Malverde--considered to be "the patron saint" of drug dealers.   Here's a piece about Mexico and the problem with "privilege violence." And... the pointy boot craze!



There is no coup in Venezuela.

On the occasion of the abdication of the Japanese emperor, the New York Times is doing a series about the Japanese monarchy.  It's very interesting!  Here's part one, and here's part two, part three, part four and part five.

What al-Bashir's removal means for South Sudan's fragile peace agreement.



-Due Thursday, May 2nd

Homework 29 Continue on in the Ethel Wood reading on Mexico--please read pp. 364-71.  Also, please focus on this piece from the 2015 Economist on the rise of Mexican NGOs.



What, exactly, is the reason for Putin's passport offer in Ukraine?

What Sudan tells us about 21st-century coups.

Five takeaways from Spain's election results.



-Due Wednesday, May 1st


ALSO: Crazy GoPro action!

Homework 28 Continue on in the Ethel Wood reading on Mexico--please read pp. 356-64. Here's an interesting piece about NAFTA and whether it really cost America jobs. Also, check out this piece about the rise of the drug trafficking trade in Mexico. Finally, here is a long but excellent documentary about the Mexican Revolution.



Egypt puts its military above the law.

Millions of missing women?

Libya's fragile oil renaissance is under threat.




-Due Monday, April 29th


ALSO: An Object at Rest

Homework 27 Continue on in the Ethel Wood reading on Mexico--please read pp. 340-56. Also, check out this great Vox explainer on the War on Drugs. And from a 2014 Atlantic piece: "The Good Mexico Versus the Bad Mexico."



Is Zelensky a Ukrainian Trump?

Why Notre Dame unites the French.

Turkey looks for a way around Trump's ultimatum.



-Due Thursday, April 18th


ALSO: Watch a guy build a table with a secret compartment.

Homework 26 We move on to Mexico!  Check out the Economist piece "Mexico's reluctantly liberal president,"  as well as this one about AMLO's cancellation of a new airport for Mexico City.




Most African migrants head for Africa, not Europe.

Is Belarus Putin's next land grab?

Is India's Modi a reformer or a performer?


-Due Tuesday, April 16th




MINI-PAPER 2: In exactly three  pages, I want you to compare some aspect of Chinese government to some aspect of Russian government.  Go crazy--choose whatever you want!



-Due Friday, April 19th



Optional Stuff

Super slo mo of a compact disc shattering, representing the death of my youth.

Homework 25: Please read Project Syndicate's piece "Confronting China's Digital Challenge,"--a series of essays on the rise of Chinese tech.



Today is Israel's election!  Will Bibi hold on to power? And what happened to the giant Israeli-Russian vote?

Hopes raised during the Arab spring are being revived across North Africa.

Life and death in an ancient Polish forest.



-Due Wednesday, April 10th


Optional Stuff

Watch a Youtuber try British rations from 1899. Are they still edible?

Homework 24: Please read pp. 322-329 in this excerpt. Please also read "Good President, Bad Emperor," a bunch of nuanced takes on Xi Jinping's power grab. Also, how China turned a city into a prison.



Israel's foreign policy after its snap election.

Japan prepares for a new era.

The Sultan of Brunei: opulence, power and hard-line Islam.


-Due Tuesday, April 9th


Optional Stuff

Don't trust adults!

Homework 23: Please read pp. 312-322 in this excerpt. Also read this hilarious story about the Chinese government's attempt to rein in its army of 100 million dancing grannies (here's a video about the phenomenon). Also, here's an interesting piece about how the Chinese government uses nationalism to increase its popularity from the Brookings Institute.  And an app for Xi Jingping thought!



Brexit, Ireland and the failure of the European idea.

Local election defeat bodes more foreign woes for Erdogan.

The shape of cities.





-Due Thursday, April 5th



Optional Stuff

Is the black hole at the center of our galaxy a gigantic quantum computer?

Homework 22: Please read pp. 302-312 in this excerpt  Brexit chaos!  Again!  Luckily the god of flowcharts is here to help us. Also; is China devouring Europe?




Europe's most important election.

Is Colombia's fragile peace breaking apart?

As South Korea and Japan pick a fight, don't expect Trump to care.


-Due Thursday, April 4th



Optional Stuff

Really cool graphic on the NYT--albeit from 2015. Also an amazing "Come Together" cover on the gayageum.

Homework 21: Please read pp. 291-302 in this excerpt.  Also, please read this Economist special report from 2016 on the rise of China's new middle class. And here it is: The Secret Document that Transformed China! And why did Fan Bingbin--the world's biggest movie star--mysteriously vanish without a trace last year, and what does her disappearance tell us about China?




Farewell to the worst prime minister--until the next one.

Goodbye to Japan's foreign relations emperor.

The protests Hamas doesn't want you to see.



-Due Tuesday, April  2nd



Optional Stuff

Fantastic piece in the New Yorker on how South Korea has become the plastic surgery capital of the world.  Here's a GIF showing how similar the faces of beauty pageant contestants look. Here's 30 startling before-after pictures of Korean plastic surgery.


Also: how the "little ice age" changed history.

Homework 20: Please read pp. 280-91 in this excerpt. A Chinese law professor criticized Xi.  Now he's suspended. Also, China's scare tactics prompt U.S. fears of a clash over Taiwan.




Why are Russian troops landing in Venezuela?

Vietnam's struggle to overcome the legacy of US bombs.

What's next for Kazakhstan?


-Due Wednesday, March 27th



Optional Stuff

A bit late, but here's a cool article on Pi.

Homework 19: We are beginning to read Ethel Wood's section on China.  Please read pp. 270-280 in this excerpt. Also, check out this nice roundup from the NYTimes on the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature. Can China create its own powerful aircraft manufacturer?  Finally... does a country need to have a viable manufacturing sector to remain rich?



Italy should tread carefully down China's silk road.

Far-right populists score stunning win in Dutch elections.

Is an escalation imminent in Western Libya?



-Due Tuesday, March 26th


Optional Stuff

Did culture kill the two parent family?

Homework 18 We are beginning China! Check out China's Great Leap Backward, an article from the Atlantic Magazine written by James Fallows--an American journalist who lived in Beijing for many years. The piece is from 2016, but foreshadows many of today's issues.  Also read this article from the New Yorker's Evan Osnos "Xi Jinping may be president for life.  What will happen to China?"  Finally, Handling Xi Jinping, China's "President for Life." Finally, check out this link: crazy smog in Beijing--click on images 2-4 to bring and dispel the haze.



How much immigration is too much?

What it's like to be thrown in jail for posting on Facebook.

Why Orban and his allies won't win the EU elections.



-Due Friday, March 22nd


ADDITIONALLY: Please bring me a check or money order made out to Stuyvesant High School in the amount of $42 to pay for this term's Economist.

Homework 17: Let's finish Russia! I just discovered MUCH better version of the textbook.  Please note that this PDF goes up to the end of China.  Here's the second half.  That being said, please read pp. 246-58. Who is Vladimir Putin's most effective enemy? American businessman Bill Browder.  And how much money does Putin have, exactly?  More on the mess in Crimea here.



Maduro's useful idiots.

France's yellow vests are rebels without a cause.

Mark Rutte's last stand.



-Due Wednesday, March 20th



Optional Stuff

Have you heard of "eephing"--also known as "hillbilly beatboxing"?

Homework 16: More Russia. Please read pp. 238-46 in this section.  Also check out this piece "5 years since Putin's intervention in Ukraine: has his gamble paid off?"


-Due Monday, March 18th



The next stage of the Korean peace process.

The great realignment of Britain.

Spain's Watergate.



Optional Stuff

End the scourge of clock changing! Also, how well do you really know the NYC subway?

Homework 15:  Please read pp. 226-238 in this section.  Thousands of Russians protest the erection of a "new iron curtain."  Also, read about Russia's tragic great power politics.


-Due Thursday, March 15th



The generals running Algeria have not really stepped aside.

The increasing rift between Uganda and Rwanda.

Brexit has left the United Kingdom trapped by its own history.



Optional Stuff

Fascinating graphic illustrating the world's nuclear stockpile. Also, rap stars and pre-16th century art resemblances?

Homework 14: More Russia! Please read pp. 215-226 in this section. Also, here's "Understanding Stalin," a review of Stephen Kotkin's biography of Stalin.  Kotkin was the author of the FA piece from last night's homework.



How many defeats can Britain take?

Venezuela's historic blackout in seventeen photos.

Military on the front line in Thai election.


-Due Thursday, March 14


Optional Stuff

A weasel riding the back of a flying woodpecker?  Can it be real?  Can it be?

And on the subject of birds, why ravens and crows are Earth's smartest birds.

Homework 13: Deeper into Russia! Please read pp. 205-215 in this reading. Also, please read this fantastic article from Foreign Affairs about the rise of Vladimir Putin (Russia's nightmare dressed as a daydream). Also, how Russia views itself as the world's scapegoat (article by Polazzo alum Andrew Roth).



Why India and Pakistan avoided nuclear war.

Brexit headed for extra time.

The violent toll of Hindu nationalism in India.



-Due Wednesday, March 13th



Optional Stuff

Is cryonics just a scam?

Homework 12: We begin our unit on Russia! Please read pp. 191-205 in this reading. Four years ago, reformist politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered in Russia. Thus far, the perpetrators have not been brought to justice--though it seems pretty certain that the culprit is Chechnyan strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.  Check out this fascinating New Yorker piece about him.



The future of China--U.S. military relations.

Greece's pyrrhic victory.

Labour's support for a second referendum confirms that it is no longer the party of the people.



-Due Friday, March 8th



Optional Stuff

From 1995 in Newsweek--some people call this "the wrongest article ever written."

Homework 11: We are moving on to a new chapter in the textbook on supranational entities, focusing on the European Union--please read it: 167--186.  Also, please read this article from the 2015 Economist.  The deal with North Korea fell through--why?  Maybe because North Korea is no Vietnam.


-Due Monday, March 4th



Should Colombia give up peace talks with the ELN?

Venezuela's tragic journey from Perez to Chavez to Maduro.

Why has Somaliland succeeded where Iraqi Kurdistan has failed?



Optional Stuff

Some great stuff from Francis Fukuyama on European identities.


This is an amazing machine!

Homework 10: Please continue on in the textbook up to page 156. Also read this: the making of a young U.K. socialist. Also check out this piece: "At last, Jeremy."



Will Maduro's supporters abandon him?

Are India and Pakistan on the verge of a water war.

Behind every mujahid there is a mujahidi.


-Due Thursday, February 28th.


MINI-PAPER 1: In two to three  pages, decide which form of government is superior--that of the United States or that of Great Britain. A word of caution: It's okay to say that US Government works best for the US and British government for the Brits, but if this is your choice, be sure to elaborate... Couldn't the US be a unitary state?  Why not let the British regions be autonomous? You get the idea.


-Mini Paper Due Monday, March 4th.



Optional Stuff

Is the dreaded Rebound Effect making our gains in energy efficiency meaningless?

Homework 10: Please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 136-45. Please this piece on Jeremy Corbyn--arguing that his far-left politics have driven the Labour party into a crisis.


Check out an example of Prime Minister's Questions from February 13th--note that Question Time starts about at about the 4:26 mark on the video. "Question 1" is the traditional first question, to which the PM always gives the same response.  To read along, check out this transcript. Obviously, the star of the show is the Prime Minister, Theresa May and her chief inquisitor is Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour party.  Corbyn is an interesting individual--representing the old, pre-Blair Labour party. The men and women seated on the front benches are the government (on the Tory side) and the shadow government (Labour).


Note: when members stand after a point, it means that they are trying to get the attention of the Speaker to ask a question. Note that all of the comments of the Prime Minister are always directed towards the Speaker.  The Speaker calls for order (frequently) and also calls on members to ask questions. .  The most frequent interlocutor of Theresa May is Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour party. The people sitting next to the Prime Minister are the members of the Cabinet and the people sitting next to Corbyn are the members of the shadow cabinet.


...and here's a clip of former PM David Cameron calling (since ousted) Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls a turkey. And he's a short clip showing the best of Bercow, the much put-upon Speaker of the House. Here's another medley of Bercow hits.



-Due Tuesday, February 26th



"Why are these professional war peddlers still around?" asks Tucker Carlson.

Nigeria's militarized democracy faces a test at the polls.

After 40 years, Iran needs another revolution.



Optional Stuff

This person does not exist. AI generated faces that (usually) look uncannily real.


Try this dialect quiz from the New York times to which sort of British/Irish accent you have!  Hint: probably none.


You've always wanted to hear Tainted Love played on thirteen floppy drives and one hard drive, haven't you?

Homework 9: Please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 122-36. Also, check out this Economist article from 2010 about the (failed) Lib Dem attempt to change the voting system in the UK.  Also, please read Our World In Data--some amazing charts here.



Iran's grand illusion turns 40.

Murder of Iraqi novelist stirs fear and outrage.

Empowering the African Union.



-Due Friday, February 15th


Optional Stuff

Also: this might be one of the most important (and depressing) articles about the state of the world that you'll read--Our Miserable 21st Century.  Contains some really mind-blowing stats; placed here because of its strong emphasis on the United States.


Ten not entirely crazy theories explaining the great crime drop.

Homework 8: Please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 114-122.  Also, a primer on charismatic leadership--why we love tyrants. And, how worried should be be about undemocratic liberalism?


-Due Thursday, February 14th



A new Americanism--given the enduring strength of the nation-state, should we focus our history teaching on it?

A united Ireland now looks like an increasing possibility.

Angela Merkel quits Facebook--and raises concerns.


Optional Stuff

Are you ready for microscheduling?

Is this really the most satisfying video in the world?

Homework 7: Please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 102-114.  Also, please check out the BBC's invaluable guide to Brexit here.


-Due Tuesday, February 12th



How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold.

Iran's revolution turns 40.

Europe?  It does not exist.



Optional Stuff

If you donít speak Japanese but would like, momentarily, to feel like a linguistic genius, take a look at the following words. Try to guess their meaning from the two available options

1. nurunuru (a) dry or (b) slimy?
2. pikapika (a) bright or (b) dark?
3. wakuwaku (a) excited or (b) bored?
4. iraira (a) happy or (b) angry?
5. guzuguzu (a) moving quickly or (b) moving slowly?
6. kurukuru (a) spinning around or (b) moving up and down?
7. kosokoso (a) walking quietly or (b) walking loudly?
8. gochagocha (a) tidy or (b) messy?
9. garagara (a) crowded or (b) empty?
10. tsurutsuru (a) smooth or (b) rough?

These If you want to learn more about this phenomenon, check out this really interesting article about ideophones.


These clips of early color motion pictures from 1922 are really haunting--some of the earliest use of color you will ever see.


Check out Li Hongbo's bonkers paper sculptures.

Homework 6: We are beginning our Britain unit!  To that end, please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 94-104.  Also, please read  these two articles from the Economist on Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and personal liberties. Note that ASBOs have been superseded by new laws since 2015, but the basic elements survive in the legal code. Also, note that things have changed.  David Cameron is no longer Prime Minister and Britain has voted to leave the European Union.



-Due Monday, February 11th



India will rise, regardless of its politics.

The right wing pundit "hashtag triggering" France.

The "tired" Taliban fights on as the US is desperate to leave Afghanistan.



Optional Stuff

The crime rate perception gap.

Repulsion, disgust and political orientation.

Homework 5: We're going to take a break from the textbook so I can catch up!    Here's a short piece arguing that we shouldn't worry too much about future tech--the case against techno-pessimism.


-Due Wednesday, February 6th



Venezuela's very normal revolution.

Demography has become the biggest story on the planet...and the world might actually run out of people.

China couldn't dominate Asia if it wanted to.


Optional Stuff

This new map of Beringia opens your imagination to a vanished landscape.

Buzzfeed failing--what went wrong in digital media?

Homework 4: Please continue on in the textbook.  Please read pages 54-80.  Those of you who have had me before know that I'm a bit worried about all humans being pushed out of the workforce.  This film elegantly explains why this is a threat: Humans Need Not Apply--please watch it in full.


-Due Monday, February 4th



America never gave Afghan women a chance.

Is Huawei a pawn in the trade war?

The EU needs a Brexit endgame.


Optional Stuff

Pogo remix!

Did early humans tame themselves by killing off aggressive males?

Homework 3: Please continue on in the textbook.  Please read pages 34-54.  Also, please read this report from the (libertarian) Niskanen Institute about the rise of two separate moral systems in the United States. And if you found it interesting, this piece in by Thomas Edsall in the New York Times reflects more on its conclusions.  Both pieces are from 2017, but are still very relevant.


-Due Friday, February 1st



How is President George Weah doing in Liberia, one year after his election?

The EU cannot rescue Britain from Brexit chaos.

The whales have won--even as Japan sharpens its harpoons.



Optional Stuff

A super interesting read in Bloomberg about the rise of Uber and Airbnb.


Ranking all 52 Superbowls.

Homework 2: This is the first excerpt from the textbook.   Please read pages 12-34.  Also, check out this piece written by Bill and Melinda Gates entitled "Three Myths on the World's Poor." 


-Due Thursday, January 31st



A brotherly takeover: could Russia annex Belarus?

The Trump Doctrine?

Mexico is bleeding. Can its new president stop the bleeding?



Optional Stuff

Best Simpsons opening sequence ever?

An amazing retrospective on National Geographic maps.

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Please check out this famous article by Harvard prof (and Stuy alum!) Samuel Huntington from Foreign Affairs--a counterpoint to the utopian philosophies that emerged around the time of the end of the Cold War.  Later this was turned into a book. 



The Pessimist's Guide to 2019.

The Left keeps getting Venezuela wrong.

The Chinese railways remolding East Africa.



-Due Wednesday, January 30th


Optional Stuff

How good are you at recognizing foreign languages?  Test your skill with Name that Language!

Those of you as obsessed with Chipotle as I am will find this oral history of Chipotle very interesting.

The Atlantic Magazine has an amazing photo blog called "In Focus."  Check it out here.