WORLD Yemen is in the midst of an unfathomable humanitarian crisis. What factors are contributing to the conflict? (BBC and Lawfare) Where is Yemen? Use our map to customize a map of Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. Discussion Ideas Read through the truly great Lawfare article on the Yemeni crisis, and try to unpack some of the issues with the questions below. Here’s its perfect … Continue reading What’s Going on in Yemen?
WORLD Pakistan plans to fence up most of the 2,500-km (1,500-mile) Durand Line despite Afghanistan’s protests that the barrier would divide families and friends along the border. (Reuters) What is the Durand Line? How is the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan a troubled legacy of colonialism? Use our reference resource to learn more. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our … Continue reading Border Wall Controversy … in Central Asia
WORLD A new interactive map highlights the shocking number of ongoing violent conflicts around the world. (Geographical) Watch our video series on “The Conflict Zone” to better understand how citizens can navigate a positive discourse amid violent conflict. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. There is a great round-up of resources today! Discussion Ideas IRIN’s new visualization of … Continue reading Mapping a World at War
GEOGRAPHY Mountains stand as a symbol of both solidarity and isolation. This is particularly true for the various rebel groups and militias that have used rugged terrain to resist central governing authorities. (World Policy Blog) Where have mountain ranges helped define ongoing political conflicts? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Take a look at … Continue reading Why Are There So Many Conflicts in Mountainous Regions?
ENVIRONMENT After decades of strife, the world’s first civilization is losing many of its animals, such as otters, deer, songbirds, and more. (Nat Geo News) Our activity calls for students to select an issue involving human-wildlife conflict, and develop a list of actions people could take to reduce or reverse the problem. This might be a great option for students to choose. Teachers, scroll down for a … Continue reading ISIS Threatens Iraqi Wildlife