Political Science

Flashpoints

The Emerging Crisis in Europe

Author: George Friedman

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385536348

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 3859

A major new book by New York Times bestselling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman (The Next 100 Years), with a bold thesis about coming events in Europe. This provocative work examines “flashpoints,” unique geopolitical hot spots where tensions have erupted throughout history, and where conflict is due to emerge again. “There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8 Ball.” —The New York Times Magazine With remarkable accuracy, George Friedman has forecasted coming trends in global politics, technology, population, and culture. In Flashpoints, Friedman focuses on Europe—the world’s cultural and power nexus for the past five hundred years . . . until now. Analyzing the most unstable, unexpected, and fascinating borderlands of Europe and Russia—and the fault lines that have existed for centuries and have been ground zero for multiple catastrophic wars—Friedman highlights, in an unprecedentedly personal way, the flashpoints that are smoldering once again. The modern-day European Union was crafted in large part to minimize built-in geopolitical tensions that historically have torn it apart. As Friedman demonstrates, with a mix of rich history and cultural analysis, that design is failing. Flashpoints narrates a living history of Europe and explains, with great clarity, its most volatile regions: the turbulent and ever-shifting land dividing the West from Russia (a vast area that currently includes Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania); the ancient borderland between France and Germany; and the Mediterranean, which gave rise to Judaism and Christianity and became a center of Islamic life. Through Friedman’s seamless narrative of townspeople and rivers and villages, a clear picture of regions and countries and history begins to emerge. Flashpoints is an engrossing analysis of modern-day Europe, its remarkable past, and the simmering fault lines that have awakened and will be pivotal in the near future. This is George Friedman’s most timely and, ultimately, riveting book. From the Hardcover edition.
Fiction

Flash Points

A Kirk McGarvey Novel

Author: David Hagberg

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 0765384906

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3140

David Hagberg's New York Times bestselling Kirk McGarvey series continues in Flash Points, the action-packed thriller about a plot to lead a president towards impeachment Retired CIA assassin Kirk McGarvey is taking a much needed break. Then a bomb in his car explodes just as he's leaving the vehicle. He barely escapes with his life. The men who went after McGarvey are also after the President of the United States. A controversial candidate, he has just won a heated, heavily contested presidential election. Now his enemies are determined to push him out of office. These men hire a contractor to set up three terrorist assaults in the US as well as other attacks around the globe in hopes of driving him from office. These strikes are at flash points so critical they could incite all-out nuclear war. But the president’s enemies have not reckoned on Kirk McGarvey. He has survived their attempt on his life, and he is determined to hunt them down and stop them at all costs. They made a mistake in going after the CIA’s #1 assassin. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Political Science

Flashpoints in the War on Terrorism

Author: Derek S. Reveron,Jeffrey Stevenson Murer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135449244

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

View: 1295

This volume offers a comprehensive overview of international political violence by bringing together foreign policy experts on several regions who examine conflicts in the Fertile Crescent, the Balkans, the Post-Soviet Region, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. With cogent assessments of civil conflicts that threaten to be part of a ‘global jihad’, each chapter both dissects the historical roots and socio-economic causes that catalyze terrorism in those areas, as well as posits ways for the United States to meet the myriad of foreign policy challenges posed by the growing threat of contemporary international terrorism.
Political Science

Global Geopolitical Flashpoints

An Atlas of Conflict

Author: Ewan W. Anderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135941017

Category: Political Science

Page: 414

View: 3752

This resource describes more than 120 major flashpoints--current and potential conflicts from around the world. The work analyzes each situation, its issues, and present status, and includes specially commissioned maps and extensive bibliographies to aid understanding. Also includes 125 maps.
Biography & Autobiography

Flash Points

Lessons Learned and Not Learned in Malawi, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Author: Jade Wu

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438465475

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5693

A compelling, intimate account of how US foreign assistance in war zones and developing countries does not achieve its intended goals. From the hot savannah of Malawi to the cold, damp gray of Kosovo and into the volatile war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and other donors have invested enormous financial and human resources in major peacekeeping and development efforts. Why then is the world no closer to being a “better and safer” place? Both a salient critique of US foreign assistance and a thought-provoking memoir, Flash Points describes the issues with personnel, language, and gender dynamics, as well as the cross-cultural challenges that often undermine and betray the best intentions of policy makers comfortably situated in Washington. Revealed in illuminating flashbacks, Jade Wu recalls her experiences in each of these four countries highlighting how, all too often, Americans in the field and the US government were unable to learn the lessons that ought to have been learned when dealing with host countries and their people. The final results were efforts poorly conceived and executed and, ultimately, detrimental to American national interests. “Flash Points should be required reading for professionals in foreign assistance programs and could be used in formal training programs for aid workers before heading abroad. It will also interest the general reader. Many will find it a fascinating story of one woman’s experiences abroad. By leaving many pages with illuminating quoted dialogue, all readers will be lured on through Jade Wu’s adventures, right up to the final ‘flashback.’” — Robert W. Maule, Retired US Senior Foreign Service Officer “While there are a variety of books on the subject, few offer the unique perspective of the author who has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa and worked in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, countries where there have been major military, peacekeeping, and development efforts and investments. Wu’s perspective is that of an objective, critical observer who has worked in the trenches. Her observations are well-informed, astute, and compel the reader to think carefully about the ways in which this country often wastes enormous resources—including human lives—in efforts that are ill-conceived.” — Thomas R. Carter, Retired Senior Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Civilization, Modern

Flashpoints in Science

Author: Anne Rooney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781435161207

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 176

View: 2222

Significant events in science and technology, in chronological order, beginning with the year 1900.
Education

Flashpoints for Asian American Studies

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780823278619

Category: Education

Page: 319

View: 1839

Born out of mid-century social movements, Asian American studies is now an established field of transnational inquiry, diasporic engagement, and rights activism. These histories serve as initial moorings for Flashpoints for Asian American Studies, a collection which considers the contemporary possibilities of and limitations inherent in Asian American studies as historically entrenched, politically embedded, and institutionally situated interdiscipline.
Religion

Flashpoints of Revival

History's Mighty Revivals

Author: Geoff Waugh

Publisher: Booksurge Publishing

ISBN: 9781439237243

Category: Religion

Page: 244

View: 2053

Geoff Waugh surveys revivals with first person accounts of major awakenings in the last three centuries, including current revivals.
Business & Economics

Flashpoints in Environmental Policymaking

Controversies in Achieving Sustainability

Author: Sheldon Kamieniecki,George A. Gonzalez,Robert O. Vos

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791433294

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 367

View: 5809

Presents alternative and often opposing viewpoints on the major national and international environmental controversies that will be with us well into the twenty-first century.
Demonstrations

Flashpoints

Studies in Public Disorder

Author: David P. Waddington,Karen Jones,C. Critcher

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415012393

Category: Demonstrations

Page: 215

View: 5981

Education

Top 10 Flashpoints in Student Ratings and the Evaluation of Teaching

What Faculty and Administrators Must Know to Protect Themselves in Employment Decisions

Author: Ronald A. Berk

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

ISBN: 1579229816

Category: Education

Page: 126

View: 3151

ATTENTION: ALL FACULTY & ADMINISTRATORS

“Another book on student ratings? Are you kidding me?” “Nope, but this one is REALLY different.”

Another review of the research or step-by-step on how to develop and interpret rating scales? NOT! (Berk did that with Thirteen Strategies)

Designed to solve YOUR problems, conflicts, and confusion about how to evaluate teaching. Written expressly for YOU with Berk’s signature sense of humor.

FLASHPOINT: a critical stage in a process, trouble spot, contentious issue, volatile hot button, or lowest temperature at which a flammable liquid will give off enough vapour to ignite.

The “flashpoints” covered are the topics that pop up the most frequently and heatedly on listservs, blogs, and the literature.

Each flashpoint is defined succinctly, options are presented, and then evidence-based recommendations for concrete action steps are proffered in an effort to stop the popping. The recommendations are grounded in psychometric, professional, and legal standards. The last-named, in particular, can protect you from costly litigation.

If you hire, promote, demote, and fire full- and part-time faculty based on student ratings and other measures, then you are vulnerable to violations of federal anti-discrimination laws. Several flashpoints address procedures you can take to stay out of court.

If you are a faculty member, you need to know whether your institution’s measures of teaching are appropriate and defensible, and what you should do if they are not.

Four sample “flashpoints” and solutions:
  • Use of global items for summative decisions. SOLUTION: “Cease & desist” and use scale and subscale ratings
  • Low response rate in online administrations. SOLUTION: 20 strategies to increase rates
  • Scales to evaluate online and blended/hybrid courses. SOLUTION: 7 strategies are suggested and evaluated
  • Use of ratings for contract renewal, pay raise, teaching awards, and promotion and tenure. SOLUTION: Applying 80/20 rule for adverse impact to avoid lawsuits related to unequal pay, gender, race, ethnicity, and age discrimination
World history

Flashpoints in History

Exploring the Causes, Effects and Triggers of Major 20th Century Events

Author: Ben Hubbard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781435161191

Category: World history

Page: 176

View: 1610

"Flashpoints in History identifies the key moments that defined eras, people and events"--Back cover.
Political Science

The Four Flashpoints

How Asia Goes to War

Author: Brendan Taylor

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1743820267

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 6688

A timely account of the four most troubled hotspots in the world’s most combustible region Asia is at a dangerous moment. China is rising fast, and its regional ambitions are growing. Reckless North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un may be assembling more nuclear weapons, despite diplomatic efforts to eradicate his arsenal. Japan is building up its military, throwing off constitutional constraints imposed after World War II. The United States, for so long a stabilising presence in Asia, is behaving erratically: Donald Trump is the first US president since the 1970s to break diplomatic protocol and speak with Taiwan, and the first to threaten war with North Korea if denuclearisation does not occur. The possibility of global catastrophe looms ever closer. In this revelatory analysis, geopolitical expert Brendan Taylor examines the four Asian flashpoints most likely to erupt in sudden and violent conflict: the Korean Peninsula, the East China Sea, the South China Sea and Taiwan. He sketches how clashes could play out in these global hotspots and argues that crisis can only be averted by understanding the complex relations between them. Drawing on history, in-depth reports and his intimate observations of the region, Taylor asks what the world’s major powers can do to avoid an eruption of war – and shows how Asia could change this otherwise disastrous trajectory.
Education

Top 10 Flashpoints in Student Ratings and the Evaluation of Teaching

What Faculty and Administrators Must Know to Protect Themselves in Employment Decisions

Author: Ronald A. Berk

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

ISBN: 1579229816

Category: Education

Page: 126

View: 5935

ATTENTION: ALL FACULTY & ADMINISTRATORS

“Another book on student ratings? Are you kidding me?” “Nope, but this one is REALLY different.”

Another review of the research or step-by-step on how to develop and interpret rating scales? NOT! (Berk did that with Thirteen Strategies)

Designed to solve YOUR problems, conflicts, and confusion about how to evaluate teaching. Written expressly for YOU with Berk’s signature sense of humor.

FLASHPOINT: a critical stage in a process, trouble spot, contentious issue, volatile hot button, or lowest temperature at which a flammable liquid will give off enough vapour to ignite.

The “flashpoints” covered are the topics that pop up the most frequently and heatedly on listservs, blogs, and the literature.

Each flashpoint is defined succinctly, options are presented, and then evidence-based recommendations for concrete action steps are proffered in an effort to stop the popping. The recommendations are grounded in psychometric, professional, and legal standards. The last-named, in particular, can protect you from costly litigation.

If you hire, promote, demote, and fire full- and part-time faculty based on student ratings and other measures, then you are vulnerable to violations of federal anti-discrimination laws. Several flashpoints address procedures you can take to stay out of court.

If you are a faculty member, you need to know whether your institution’s measures of teaching are appropriate and defensible, and what you should do if they are not.

Four sample “flashpoints” and solutions:
  • Use of global items for summative decisions. SOLUTION: “Cease & desist” and use scale and subscale ratings
  • Low response rate in online administrations. SOLUTION: 20 strategies to increase rates
  • Scales to evaluate online and blended/hybrid courses. SOLUTION: 7 strategies are suggested and evaluated
  • Use of ratings for contract renewal, pay raise, teaching awards, and promotion and tenure. SOLUTION: Applying 80/20 rule for adverse impact to avoid lawsuits related to unequal pay, gender, race, ethnicity, and age discrimination
Education

Managing Diversity Flashpoints in Higher Education

Author: Joseph E. Garcia,Karen J. Hoelscher

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781607096535

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 2164

Covering a timely topic, which is more and more frequently in the news, this book offers vignettes that will sharpen the reader's ability to recognize and respond to difficult situations sparked by identity differences among faculty, staff, and students in college and university settings. The authors provide a systematic guide to addressing interpersonal conflicts that arise out of issues of identity difference, both for individuals and for campus work teams who provide direct service to students. Managing Diversity Flashpoints in Higher Education empowers readers to diagnose diversity flashpoint situations and positively address them without creating defensiveness and barriers to dialogue. The authors include an overview of the changing ethnic, racial, and gender composition of students in higher education in the United States and the major trends in campus responses to the changing student population. They offer an approach to creating higher education environments that welcome people of all cultural characteristics and promote civility on campus. The book is founded on the authors' research on diversity flashpoints in higher education for which they interviewed a national sample of student affairs professionals. The authors identified uncomfortable interpersonal situations with faculty members in which the discomfort arose from student identity difference. This process led to the formulation of strategies for using vignettes (resulting from interviews) in professional development sessions.
Education

Education's Flashpoints

Upside Down or Set-Up to Fail

Author: Jim Dueck

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 147581318X

Category: Education

Page: 242

View: 1803

The body of the text proceeds to identify and explain many flashpoints which are current in a world of education where students’ best interests are hampered by teachers’ self-interests. Whenever an issue emerges in education and is analyzed in the context of what is best for students or teachers, teacher unions naturally pursue benefit for their members. This does not demean their effort; rather, it explains their intentions, and making their objectives transparent is a recurring theme throughout the book. Dueck demonstrates that politicians are a core part of the problem because of their predilection for siding with power structures in society, namely unions and teachers rather than the clients of their services. Their thirst for votes from teachers’ unions, which represent one of the largest special interest groups within our communities, is not only a contributing factor in causing but also ameliorating these flashpoints. Underlying this thirst for electoral support is the reality that students cannot vote and do not have capacity for discerning how these complex educational issues impact them.
Law

Security Flashpoints

Oil, Islands, Sea Access and Military Confrontation ; [twenty-first Annual Seminar Held at the UN Plaza Hotel in New York City from February 7 - 8, 1997]

Author: Myron H. Nordquist,John Norton Moore,University of Virginia. Center for Oceans Law and Policy

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9789041110565

Category: Law

Page: 480

View: 2540

"Security Flashpoints: Oil, Islands, Sea Access and Military" "Confrontation" covers a range of controversial issues rife with potential for provoking military confrontation in the world's salt water areas. Understanding the factual setting for flashpoints in the oceans requires an appreciation of the geographic circumstances of the disputants. This work starts with a global overview of island disputes provided by two leading geographers. They examine the pivotal relationship between sovereignty claims to islands and delimitation of ocean boundaries throughout the world. The most serious and complicated series of island disputes exists in the South China Sea where multiple national claims are asserted to sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel Islands. This work gives not only an update on the status of the informal negotiations over the past several years but also the most complete insider's account so far made available in print of the unresolved issues. A suggestion is made for a constructive step toward a peaceful solution by outlining a Spratly Resource Development Agency. Another area that is brought to the attention is Southeastern Europe: the Danube River, the Adriatic Sea, the Caspian and Black Seas with particular emphasis on navigation through the Dardanelles; a definitive analysis is given of the critical freedom of navigation issues in the Strait of Hormuz as well as a comprehensive commentary on the outstanding boundary delimitation controversies in the Persian Gulf. The island and delimitation disputes in East Asian seas are also extensively discussed. The book finishes with a concept of adding political power to the legal doctrine of critical date' in settling maritimeboundary disputes. This work is of particular importance to lawyers involved in the seminal role that the Rule of Law plays for the peaceful resolution of ocean disputes. The work is based on a conference jointly sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Oceans Law and Policy and the Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law.
Education

Education Flashpoints

Fighting for America’s Schools

Author: Alan J. Singer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317801431

Category: Education

Page: 210

View: 9943

Drawing on his widely read Huffington Post columns—rated one of the top educational blogs in the United States—Alan Singer introduces readers to contemporary issues in education in the United States. The issues are presented with a point of view and an edge intended to promote widespread classroom debate and discussion. Each section opens with a new topical summary essay followed by a series of brief essays updated and adapted from Huffington Post columns. The book includes guest contributions, guiding questions, and responses to essays by teacher education students and teachers to further classroom discussion. Education Flashpoints is written in a conversational style that draws readers into a series of debates by presenting issues in a clear and concise manner, but also with a touch of irony and a bit of rhetorical bite. The topics examined in these essays read like the latest newspaper headlines in the battle to define public education in the United States.
Political Science

Global Flashpoints 2015

Crisis and Opportunity

Author: Craig Cohen,Josiane Gabel

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442246316

Category: Political Science

Page: 150

View: 7119

Maintaining international security and pursuing American interests is more difficult now than perhaps at any time in history. The security environment that the United States faces is more complex, dynamic, and difficult to predict. At the same time, no domestic consensus exists on the purposes of American power and how best to pursue them. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will look ahead in this annual volume at the “flashpoints” that will likely arise in 2015, how best to deal with them, and what lasting effects they might leave for the next American administration and its allies around the world. Contributions by: Jon B. Alterman, Samuel J. Brannen, Ernest Z. Bower, Heather A. Conley, Anthony H. Cordesman, Victor Cha, Edward C. Chow, Jennifer G. Cooke, Zack Cooper, Michael J. Green, Matthew P. Goodman, John J. Hamre, Kathleen H. Hicks, Christopher K. Johnson, Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Andrew C. Kuchins, Sarah Ladislaw, Maren Leed, James A. Lewis, Haim Malka, Jeffrey Mankoff, Carl Meacham, Sarah Mendelson, Andrew A. Michta, Scott Miller, J. Stephen Morrison, Clark A. Murdock, Richard M. Rossow, Daniel F. Runde, Thomas M. Sanderson, Conor M. Savoy, Sharon Squassoni, Amy Studdart, Nicholas Szechenyi, and Juan C. Zarate.
Civil war

Flashpoints!

A Bibliography on Political Conflicts Throughout the World

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Civil war

Page: 39

View: 2625