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Lecture Slides on Brexit and Euroscepticism

By Martin W. Lewis | April 28, 2016 |

The slides from my lecture this week on the upcoming “Brexit” vote and the rise of populist Euroscepticism across Europe are available at the link below:
Brexit & Populist Euroscepticism
 

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Lecture Slides on Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Nagorno-Karabakh

By Martin W. Lewis | April 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

The slides from my lecture this week on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region are available at the link below, in pdf format.
Armenia, Azerbaijan & Nagorno Karabakh
 
 

Lecture Slides on Kurdistan

By Martin W. Lewis | April 14, 2016 | 4 Comments

Dear Readers,
My lecture this week for my course on the history and geography of current global events examined the Kurds and the idea of Kurdistan. The slides from this lecture are available at the link below.
Lecture on the Kurds and Kurdistan

Radicalization of Russia’s Muslims—Are Crimean Tatars Next? (Part 2)

By Asya Pereltsvaig | April 11, 2016 |

[Part 1 can be read here. Thanks to Iryna Novosyolova for a helpful discussion of some of the issues discussed in this post.]
 
In 2014, the Russian Federation acquired another Muslim group that may prove troublesome both within Russia and globally: the Crimean Tatars. According to the 2002 Russian census, there were only 4,131 Crimean Tatars living in the country, concentrated …

Radicalization of Russia’s Muslims—Are Crimean Tatars Next? (Part 1)

By Asya Pereltsvaig | April 10, 2016 | 7 Comments

[Thanks to Iryna Novosyolova for a helpful discussion of some of the issues discussed in this post.]
 
A recent article in Foreign Affairs listed the use of the French language as the best predictor of a country’s rate of Sunni radicalization and violence, and particularly of the percentage of a country’s Muslim population that joins in the international Jihad. According to …

The Brazilian Crisis: Lecture Slides

By Martin W. Lewis | April 7, 2016 |
The Brazilian Crisis: Lecture Slides

This week’s lecture on the history and geography of current global events examined the on-going political and economic crisis in Brazil.  The lecture slides, converted to PDF format, can be found at the links below. (As the file was large, it was divided into two parts.)
I ended the lecture with some images and comments pertaining to my frustrations with the idea …

Possible Topics for the Rest of the Quarter

By Asya Pereltsvaig | April 3, 2016 |
Possible Topics for the Rest of the Quarter

Please select up to 5 topics that are most interesting to you:

Possible topics for the rest of the quarter

ISIS Lectures Slides in PDF

By Martin W. Lewis | April 1, 2016 |

As several readers noted that they were unable to open the PowerPoint version of my ISIS lecture slides, I tried to post them in the original Keynote format.  Unfortunately, the file was too large to post.  As a result, I decided to export the file and post it instead as a PDF.  That version is available here at the link.
(You can …

Lecture Slides on ISIS

By Martin W. Lewis | March 31, 2016 | 15 Comments

Dear Readers,
For the next 10 weeks I will be teaching a lecture course on the history and geography of current events, which is offered in two versions, one for Stanford students and the other for the community at large through Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. This class is very demanding on me, as I must come up with new 70-minute lectures …

Customizable Maps of Europe, Asia, Etc.

By Martin W. Lewis | March 28, 2016 |

This final GeoCurrents post offering free customizable maps provides maps of Europe, southern and eastern Asia, southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa, and the exclusive economic zones of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Two versions of the Asia map are provided, one of which is superimposed on physical map. These customizable are available at the link at the bottom of …

Customizable Maps of China and India

By Martin W. Lewis | March 27, 2016 |

Today’s GeoCurrents post offers free customizable maps of China and India. The India map, based on the country’s states,  lacks the union territories, which are either too small or too distantly located (the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) to make it on the map. The northern and western portions of the territory of Jammu and Kashmir that are occupied by Pakistan …

Customizable Maps of the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Yemen

By Martin W. Lewis | March 26, 2016 | 3 Comments

 
Today’s GeoCurrents post offers free customizable maps of Venezuela, Yemen, and the United Kingdom. Those of Venezuela and Yemen are based on their main subdivisions, which are governorates in the case of Yemen and states in that of Venezuela. In regard to the United Kingdom, the situation is much more complicated. The UK’s main divisions are its “constituent countries”: England, Scotland, Wales, …

Customizable Maps of Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Belgium, and South Korea

By Martin W. Lewis | March 24, 2016 |

Today’s GeoCurrents post offers free customizable maps of Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Belgium,and South Korea. All are based on the main subdivisions of the countries in question: counties in the case of Kenya, regions in that of Ghana, regional states (kililoch) in that of Ethiopia, and provinces in those of Belgium and South Korea. Since many of Kenya’s counties are relatively …

Customizable Maps of Turkey, Oman, Germany, and Georgia

By Martin W. Lewis | March 22, 2016 |

Today’s GeoCurrents post offers free customizable maps of Turkey, Oman, Germany, and Georgia. All are based on the main subdivisions of the countries in question: provinces in the case of Turkey, states in that of Germany, governorates in that of Oman, and a mixture of regions, autonomous republics, and one municipality in that of Georgia. As in previous offerings, these …

Customizable Maps of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Indonesia

By Martin W. Lewis | March 18, 2016 |

Today’s GeoCurrents post provides free customizable maps of the provinces of Iran, the provinces of Indonesia, the states of Malaysia, and the regions of Saudi Arabia. An additional map shows the major cities of Iran as well as the country’s provinces. These maps are constructed with simple presentation software, available in both PowerPoint and Keynote formats. To obtain these customizable …

Customizable Maps of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Ecuador

By Martin W. Lewis | March 15, 2016 |

Dear Readers,
As it is taking longer than expected to distribute all of the GeoCurrents customizable maps, I have decided to expedite the process. As a result, I have not done anything with the maps that I am making available in today’s post other than color in the provinces, regions, states, etc. of the countries in questions, which are Mexico, Argentina, …