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Author : George Friedman
ISBN : 9780385536349
Genre : Political Science
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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.
Category: Political Science


Author : Stephen Arterburn
ISBN : 084235753X
Genre : Religion
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Defining flashpoints as those moments when a single event or idea ignites and changes our lives forever, the author encourages us to capture the energy of our flashpoints to pursue our God-given destiny or dreams, so we can change the world for good.
Category: Religion

Flashpoints Pulverfass Europa

Author : George Friedman
ISBN : 9783864703133
Genre : Political Science
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Wird Europa wieder brennen? Politologe und Bestsellerautor George Friedman (Die nächsten 100 Jahre) mit kühnen und teilweise beängstigenden Thesen zur Zukunft Europas. George Friedman stellt drei Fragen. 1. Wie erreichte Europa seine globale Dominanz in politischer, militärischer, wirtschaftlicher und intellektueller Hinsicht? 2. Was lief schief, sodass Europa diese Dominanz zwischen 1914 und 1945 wegwarf? 3. Wird Europa in Zukunft so aussehen wie in der Friedensperiode, die sich an 1945 anschloss, oder wird es zu seinen historischen Fehlern zurückkehren? Friedman gibt kluge Antworten auf alle drei Fragen - und liefert spannende Denkanstöße zur Sicherung der Zukunft unseres Kontinents.
Category: Political Science

Flashpoints In The War On Terrorism

Author : Derek S. Reveron
ISBN : 9781135449247
Genre : Political Science
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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.
Category: Political Science


Author : Catherine Gourley
ISBN : 9780778791256
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A flashpoint is the critical stage in some process at which actionoften violenceoccurs. Flashpoints, however, can also trigger change. Two plays focus on both physical and verbal outbursts of angerand ways to regain control of ones emotions.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Global Geopolitical Flashpoints

Author : Ewan W. Anderson
ISBN : 9781135940942
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History

Top 10 Flashpoints In Student Ratings And The Evaluation Of Teaching

Author : Ronald A. Berk
ISBN : 9781579229818
Genre : Education
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“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
Category: Education

Managing Diversity Flashpoints In Higher Education

Author : Joseph E. Garcia
ISBN : 1607096536
Genre : Education
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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.
Category: Education

Education S Flashpoints

Author : Jim Dueck
ISBN : 9781475813180
Genre : Education
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Dueck demonstrates that politicians are a core part of the education system’s problem because of their predilection for siding with power structures in society, namely unions and teachers rather than the clients of their services—the students.
Category: Education

Security Flashpoints

Author : Myron H. Nordquist
ISBN : 9041110569
Genre : Law
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"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.
Category: Law