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, 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.
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.