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Global issues include international crime, global warming, the economy, conflicts, and health.
Political science is much concerned with conflict: indeed, without conflict it would not exist because politics would not be necessary. Conflict not only relates to physical interaction; but also to any form of disagreement about ends to be pursued.
Global warming has been one of the key environmental problems with which human societies have tried to deal from the late 1980s onwards. It is arguably one of only two genuinely global environmental problems (along with ozone depletion and CFCs), global in the sense that emissions anywhere have effects across the entire globe, and thus has helped to transform environmental politics into a properly global form of politics.
Globalization of Disease
Globalization has permitted people, goods, animals, plants, capital, and diseases to move across political and geographic boundaries. Increased trade in economic goods has been accompanied by increased trade in pathogens. Also, low-cost travel in the modern era has allowed infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, molds, fungi, or other pathogens to spread.
A more contemporary definition expands the traditional notions of international law to confer rights and obligations on intergovernmental international organizations and even on individuals. The UNITED NATIONS , for example, is an international organization that has the capacity to engage in treaty relations governed by, and binding under, international law with states and other international organizations. Individual responsibility under international law is particularly significant in the context of prosecuting war criminals and the development of international HUMAN RIGHTS .
Transnational Organised Crime and the Drug Industry
Transnational crimes are those which by their nature extend beyond national boundaries. They may involve the movement of information, people, money or other items across borders, all of which typically have a monetary value of some sort.
Global Connections: The Middle East
This site provides background information for events in the Middle East. Contrains a timeline of key events from 1900; a thematic section viewing "events through the lens of politics, science, economics, and more";
Middle East Historical and Peace Process Documents
his site focuses on creating dialog about the Middle East, its history, and its struggle for peace. It has provided texts of reports, policy statements, and other findings from 1915 to the present day. This includes the Balfour declaration of 1917.
World Helath Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
Selected Streaming Videos from Stafford Library
Consequences of Conflict
he consequences of armed conflict are complex and long-lasting. Using Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan as points of departure, this program examines some of the economic, environmental, and social impacts of conflicts at the national and international levels.
Wherever political, religious, racial, or ideological interests collide, diplomacy and tolerance historically yield to the barbarity of war. In this program, political scientist Charles-Philippe David; Jean-Louis Dufour, editor-in-chief of the magazine Defense; and historians Robert O'Connell, Andre Corviser, and Laurent Henninger trace the history of warfare from its remote origins to the present day and discuss if it is avoidable or if it is an innate human drive. Will the battles of tomorrow be fought by computer proxies, or will conventional troops always be used to attack and occupy territory?