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GeoCurrents Suspension

By Martin W. Lewis | June 17, 2016 | 12 Comments

Dear Readers,
I am sorry to say that I have decided to suspend the publication of new posts on GeoCurrents for at least one year.  I will reconsider this decision in June 2017, and I may begin posting again at that time.
I have very much enjoyed writing for this site, and I do hope to return to it at some time. …

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Lecture Slides on Cannabis Legalization

By Martin W. Lewis | June 7, 2016 |

Dear Readers,
The slides from my final lecture of the academic year are available at the link below. The lecture examined the impending legalization of cannabis in California, as well as its status elsewhere in the world.
Cannabis Legalization
 

Lecture Slides for U.S. Primary Presidential Election, 2016

By Martin W. Lewis | May 31, 2016 |

Dear Readers,
The slides from my recent lecture on the U.S. primary presidential elections of 2016 are found at the link below:
2016 US Primary Election
 

Slides on “The Good News from Africa”

By Martin W. Lewis | May 20, 2016 |

Dear Readers,
My lecture this week for my class on the history and geography of current global events focused on the “good news” from Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the southern half of the continent. The slides are available at the link here:  Good News From Africa

Caste Controversies Slides

By Martin W. Lewis | May 15, 2016 | One Comment

Dear Readers,
The slides from my recent lecture on caste controversies in India and on a related controversy about teaching Indian/South Asian history in California are available at the link below:
Caste Controversies in India
 
 
 

Lecture Slides on The South China Sea and China’s Geopolitical Strategies

By Martin W. Lewis | May 10, 2016 | One Comment

The slides from my lecture last week on the South China Sea and China’s Geopolitical Strategies are available at the link below:
South China Sea; China’s Geopolitical Strategy

Lecture Slides on Brexit and Euroscepticism

By Martin W. Lewis | April 28, 2016 | One Comment

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
 

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 | 6 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 | 14 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 …