Global Issues Library reflects the key issues affecting our world today, including border issues, migrations, atrocities and human rights violations, security, revolution and protest, and environmental issues. Through historical and contemporary events found in this database, students and scholars can learn about and contextualize the issues that have transformed the human experience globally.
Global Issues Library will include around 180 thematical clusters of issues, topics, and events from the late 1890s to present that are key to understanding today’s world: immigration, genocide, peacekeeping, climate change, water issues, key engineering failures, terrorism, human trafficking, and incarceration. Specific events explored include the U.S. and Mexico Border, the Rwandan Genocide, the Arab Spring, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and climate migrants in Asia Pacific.
Issues and events are presented through a variety of perspectives—personal, governmental, legal, contemporary and retrospective—that demonstrate the interactions and interconnectedness of global issues and allow students and scholars to consider their world in new ways, such as:
Covers all documents types & media: Includes primary sources, books, oral histories, scholarly essays, conference proceedings, letters, diaries, images, plays, posters, documentaries, links to websites, and other archival documents.
Opportunities for comparative research: Content is organized by thematic clusters, such as Cambodian genocide, Burma-Myanmar Conflict, Iranian Revolution, E.U. and its borders, and allows researchers to compare issues in different contexts, such as geographically or historically.
Interdisciplinary: Aligned with how these topics are taught today, the Global Issues Library combines historical, political, international, sociological, anthropological, artistic, and human rights perspectives. It supports research and teaching in international studies, history, political science, sociology, security studies, peace studies, law, public policy, and anthropology.
Holly Ackerman, Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies, Duke University
Laetitia Atlani-Duault, Fellow at the French National Development Research Institute, Professor at IRD - CEPED (Sorbonne Paris Cité University, Paris V René Descartes), Director of the Collège d’Études Mondiales (CEM) at the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH)
Vanessa Barker, Docent and Associate Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University
Olivier Bercault, lawyer and researcher for Human Rights Watch
Mary Bosworth, Professor of Criminology, Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford; Professor of Criminology, Monash University, Australia; and Director of the Border Criminologies Network
Orville Vernon Burton, Distinguished Professor of History, Sociology, and Computer Science, Clemson University; and Director of the Clemson CyberInstitute
Phillip A. Cantrell, Associate Professor of Asian History, African History, World History, Longwood University
Yuk Wah Chan, Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong
Hastings Donnan, Director of the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and Co-Director of the Centre for International Borders Research, Queen’s University, Belfast
Catherine Filloux, award-winning playwright, longtime social justice advocate,
Pamela Graham, Director of the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, Columbia University, and Director of the Global Studies division of the Libraries.
Pranoto Iskandar, Founding Director, The Institute for Migrant Rights, Indonesia
David Scheffer, Director, Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University, former US ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues
Molly Molloy, Research Librarian, Border and Latin American specialist, New Mexico State University Library
Ruti Teitel, Professor of Comparative Law, Chair, Global Law and Justice Colloquium, Co-Director, Institute for Global Law, Justice & Policy, New York Law School
Henk van Houtum, Head of the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research, Associate Professor of Political Geography and Geopolitics, Radboud University Nijmegen
Cathia Jenainati, Head of the School for Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick
Richard Matthew, Associate Dean of Research and International Programs and Professor of Urban Planning, Public Policy and Political Science, University of California, Irvine
Lada Kochtcheeva, Associate Professor, Global Environmental Policy and Law, North Carolina State University
Scott Schimmel, Assistant Professor of Communications, Environmental Science, University of Hawai’i
Melissa Checker, Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies and Environmental Psychology, Queens College (CUNY)
Includes archival materials that can only be found in Global Issues Library, such as collections from the National Archives in Kew, University of London, the Clinton Library, and others.
Global Issues Library includes the full contents of the following collections: