- How Did Russia's Oligarchs Rise to Power? (Worksheet)
Oligarchs control a vast amount of wealth and influence in Russia today. How did these business titans rise to power and what is their relationship to the government? This activity works well in a global history, world history, or comparative government class.
- How Free is the Press in Russia? (Worksheet)
Excerpts from four powerful Russian media figures on how they perceive freedom of the press in their country since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This activity works well in a comparative government, poltiical science, or world history class.
- Why and How did the UK Privatize State-Owned Industries during the 1980s?
Why and how did the UK privatize state-owned industries during the 1980s? A 1991 report from Carnegie Council gives students a clear explanation. This activity works well in a comparative government, global, or world history class.
- Refugee Accounts of the Great Chinese Famine
A look at four different experiences during the Great Chinese Famine from refugees from varied social and economic backgrounds.
- How Does Oil Help Determine the Democratic Nature of a State? (Worksheet)
Most oil-producing countries have had significant economic growth and rising living standards, yet with a few exceptions, there has been almost no move towards democracy. What explains this phenomenon? This activity works well in a comparative government class.
- What are the Biggest Threats to China's Security? (Worksheet)
What does China view as its largest security threats? This excerpt identifies four rings of security concerns: inside China's territory; its 24 surrounding countries; six regional systems; and the rest of the world.
- How Do We Know China? Let Us Count the Ways (Worksheet)
This worksheet looks at accounts from Chinese refugees about land productivity in their home provinces and then compares them to government reports. It works well in a global history, world history, or comparative government class.
- How Democratic is Russia? (Worksheet)
President Vladimir Putin has won the presidential elections twice and is very popular in opinion polls. Does that make his administration democratic? This activity works well in a comparative government or political science class.
- Arguments for Scottish Independence (2013)
In the lead-up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, First Minister Salmond spoke in favor of an independent Scotland, ensuring investors that it was a safe and logical long-term choice. This activity works well in a comparative government class.
- How Should a Transitional Democracy Ensure Law and Order? (Worksheet)
Since the transition from military dictatorship to democracy in 1999, Nigeria has had a problem maintaining security within the country. Should vigilante groups fill the void of ineffective police forces? This activity works well in a comparative government or political science class.
- Is Authoritarianism and Corruption Endemic in Nigeria? (Worksheet)
Is authoritarianism and corruption endemic in Nigeria? Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka answers this question about his home country in this 2006 talk. This activity works well in a comparative government, global, or world history class.
- Is Mexico Ruled by an Elite Class? 1980 (Worksheet)
Is Mexico ruled by an elite class? In 1980--in the midst of PRI's 71-year one-party rule of the country--famed Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes answered this question. This activity works well in a comparative government, global, or world history class.