Syria: Stepping Back from the Brink, for Now
There are a lot of swirling questions right now about the current tension between the U.S. and a possible strike on Syria. The use of chemical weapons on a large population of Syrian civilians has the U.S. in an uproar and demanding action. In this podcast we interviewed Dr. Patricia Campbell on what our possible involvement could be in the current Syrian Civil War. Some of the burning questions she answers are:
1. How did we go from discussing air strikes against Syrian targets and now we appear to be back to talking about diplomacy.
2. Can we trust Russia as a negotiating partner?
3. What role is or should the U.N. be playing in this situation?
Poverty and Progress in Developing States
Those living in extreme states of poverty lack the basic necessities of life like water, food, shelter, healthcare and education. It’s good to be aware of the disparate conditions persisting in other countries, and to explore the type of positive progress being made as well. In this podcast APU faculty member Elizabeth Cook talks about the current state of these developing countries, how their plight relates to conflict, and the positive efforts being made toward solving some of these issues.
Teaching Development Through Simulation in an Online Environment
At the December, First Global South International Studies Conference in Menton, France two scholars, Dr. Paula Wylie and Elizabeth Cook of American Public University, introduced their findings and research on the topic of simulations in the online environment. They discovered the effectiveness of creating realistic scenarios in simulation based on real-world issues and regions, and how it could positively address gaps in student learning. This podcast details their experience at the conference as well as provides a deeper dive into the content matter of simulations in online education.
Developing a Career in International Relations
Do you have a passion for international subjects? Whether you’re currently enrolled in an International Relations degree program, or you’re trying to gain access into the industry, it is important know what types of careers are out there.
For this dynamic industry some available options include working directly with foreign policy fields, like with the State Department, as an analyst, or a diplomat. The opportunities don’t end there. If you’re curious about this diverse field check out the podcast below with APU Program Director, Dr. Paula Wylie. She goes into great detail about the experience you can gain in these careers, how education plays a role, and what types of careers are available.
Syria’s Civil War – Implications for the Region and for the U.S.
Dr. Patricia Campbell, Dean of Graduate Studies at American Military University, discusses the current conflict in Syria and how it may impact future relationships with the U.S.
Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Denver. She has numerous publications in academic journals including Journal of Political Science Education, International Feminist Journal of Politics, African Studies Quarterly, Politics and Policy; and Africa Today. Her co-authored textbook on Global Studies was published in 2010 (Wiley-Blackwell).
Psychology of Profiling in Terrorism
Government agencies want and need to understand leaders, but people need to be educated on how to do it well. Dr. Elena Mastors, Dean for the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University, talks about her work overseas in Northern Ireland interviewing terrorist groups and the importance of understanding their motives.