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IR 210, International Relations: Introductory Analysis: Question 3

This course guide provides guidance on how to complete Analytical Exercise #1 in Dr. Lamy's IR 210 class.

Question 3:

Major newspapers or popular magazines you might read to keep informed about

  • The foreign policy goals of the Republican candidates
  • Chinese actions in Africa
  • The impact of climate change on global security
  • Russian activities in the Middle East

Provide an example of the article that proves your claim. A different source for each of the the issues listed above.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Unless you are studying an historical event or issue, topics in international affairs usually require analyzing up-to-date sources. While scholarly journals provide in-depth research about topics, they are not published frequently. Therefore, the only way to obtain current information is to read popular news magazine or newspaper articles.

Research Approach

There are several databases that access popular magazines and newspapers.

  • Access World News [click on the region or country to see newspapers you could search]
  • LEXIS/NEXIS Academic [click on the "Search the News" link; database includes both newspapers and magazines]
  • Pro Quest Multiple Databases [click on "advanced search" and enter terms related to your topic; note records are arranged to the left by type of source]

In addition, go to the IR Research Guide and click on the tab for International News for additional databases you can search for newspapers that cover these topics.