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International Politics

Important political events happen each day around the world. Fortunately, you don't have to travel the globe to learn about international politics; the Internet has the resources you need to stay current. We'll point you to the best sources for news, commentary and blogs about international politics and foreign relations. This International Politics Web Guide also offers help researching nations and intergovernmental organizations.

World News

Reading international news is the best way to know what's happening around the globe. The Internet allows you to find immediate coverage on any issue, in any part of the world. The following sites are a collection of the most trusted sources of world news from both U.S. and international media.

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  • Be careful of misinformation. If you plan to venture away from mainstream media sources (or the sites we've vetted and suggested), refer to this UC Berkeley page for advice on how to assess the trustworthiness of Web sites.
  • One way to keep up with breaking news is by using RSS feeds. RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication." These feeds are constantly updated to offer up-to-the-minute headlines. Just click the orange square labled "RSS" and put it in your bookmark toolbar for easy browsing.

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Country Facts

These sites provide access to the vital facts that shape international news and can contextualize the news you read. Learning background information about countries worldwide significantly improves your objectivity and understanding of the social, political and economic issues at hand.

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  • Although there is valuable information on many government Web sites, beware that some countries' governments suppress information. Double check what you learn with an objective source, especially when researching countries that have a history with Communist governments.

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Intergovernmental Organizations

Individual nations aren't the only players in international politics. Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) also have significant political influence on international relations. It is helpful to understand the missions and actions of these organizations in order to fully grasp political, economic, and social situations worldwide.

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  • To learn about the history and past actions of IGOs, visit BeyondIntractability.org. The group is committed to offering free knowledge on issues related to conflict resolution.

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Alternative News Sources

Sometimes you want more than just the straight news or a long list of statistics. A great place to enrich your perspective are media sources that offer analysis and commentary. Below you'll find magazines, editorial pages, and popular blogs that cover international politics. 

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  • Whenever you're reading a piece of commentary or analysis, carefully review the "About Us" section. If you know a bit about the author you can better understand her point of view within a larger context.
  • Most major newspapers have an opinion section rich with commentary on international politics. Be sure to check the editorial sections of your favorite news sources in your search for informed and thought-provoking opinions.
  • One advantage of the Internet is that it can be very interactive. Plunge in: comment on blogs, weigh in on debates, write e-mails to the editor. The Web can be a forum for conversation—a place not only to read the opinions of others but to share your own.

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Issues in International Politics

Many of the conflicts and dilemmas we currently face are rooted in events of the past. If you want to further your understanding of international politics, use the following resources to research the unique background of any country.

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  • When looking for sites to research a topic, universities and colleges can be counted on as reliable sources.
  • Searching newspaper archives for articles on a subject is a good way to get background. The top of any newspaper’s homepage should have a search bar where you can enter the information you need.

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