Category Archives: Political Science

Stanford courses update

The 14 new free online courses from Stanford University are getting underway this month at a website called Coursera. For those who missed the initial announcement, these are non-credit courses, which let you watch short videos and take embedded quizzes. … Continue reading

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The Democratic Peace: a figment of our imagination?

Ever since Immanuel Kant argued that democracies were bound to be more peace loving than autocracies, theorists and policy makers have been in love with the “democratic peace.” Today it’s a bedrock of American foreign policy. Both Democrats and Republicans … Continue reading

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Two great international relations courses

Middlebury College political scientist James Morrison has done a big favor for us do-it-yourself web learners by posting two of his International Relations courses on the web. In addition to the audio lectures, you can download the reading lists and … Continue reading

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A great lecture series

A great place to look for new insights in foreign affairs and public policy is the lecture archive of Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia (website, feed). While the all past lectures are not in the … Continue reading

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American News Media course from UCSD

News media surround us like the air we breathe, but we’re barely aware of how they operate and how they influences the way we think. But if you tune into American News Media (feed, booklist), a new course taught by … Continue reading

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New UCLA and UCSD classes start March 28

Spring quarter is almost upon us, and the new roster of course podcasts is up at UCLA and UC San Diego. A few of my favorite professors slated to teach during the upcoming term.  Archaeologist Tara Carter, who presented UCSD’s … Continue reading

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What’s up with Qaddafi?

As I watch the dramatic events unfold in Libya, I can’t help wondering how Muammar al-Qaddafi, a truly bizarre character, ended up ruling Libya and managed to stay in power for 42 years. Veteran newsman Arnaud De Borchgrave thinks that … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with the war on drugs?

What is the single policy change that would bring about the largest reduction in drug abuse and the largest reduction in crime? Is it Legalize marijuana, cocaine and heroin? Increase enforcement and jail the drug kingpins? Double the tax on … Continue reading

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Confused about Egypt?

If you’re wondering what is behind the current turmoil, here are some resources to help you make sense of the events unfolding now in Egypt. Council on Foreign Relations (website). CFR, a nonpartisan think tank, has posted a number of … Continue reading

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Urban Politics at UCSD

If you’re interested in how American cities really work, you might enjoy James Ingram’s new course Urban Politics (feed) from the University of California San Diego. In the lectures to date Ingram has covered themes like: anti-urban ideologies in American … Continue reading

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