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Michigan Blogs

Factually Speaking. The Blog of the Michigan League for Public Policy.

Michigan Capitol Confidential (CAPCon).  The blog of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Michigan Liberal. Also provides links to numerous other Michigan blogs.

Michigan Policy Wonk.  Our blog seeks to publicize research relevant to state policymakers and enable MSU faculty to provide informed commentary on public-policy issues. We hope to enable evidence-based political observation and policymaking in Michigan, but also to provide an enjoyable read on current events.

Progress Michigan Blog.  Scroll down to see the latest posts.

Featured Blogs Relating to World Politics

The Diplomat.  Since its launch in 2002, The Diplomat has been dedicated to quality analysis and commentary on events occurring in Asia and around the world. 

Duck of Minerva.  The Duck of Minerva focuses on world politics from an academic perspective. Most of its bloggers have pretentious letters after their names, or are in the process of getting them.  Current core contributors teach at a number of different institutions, including (but not limited to) American UniversityHobart & William Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges, Inc., Reading University, the University of Louisville, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Guest contributors hail from an even greater number of institutions — be warned, though, that the Duck’s administrators aren’t very assiduous about keeping the list of guest bloggers updated.   They also can't remember what Duck of Minerva refers to, but promise a daily quack providing wise insights.

Global Voices.  Commentary about global events, including Africa.

IRIN : the Inside Story of Emergencies.  After 19 years of award-winning humanitarian news and analysis, IRIN, originally the "Integrated Regional Information Networks", left the United Nations in January 2015 to relaunch as an independent, non-profit media venture. We have been providing ground reporting on humanitarian crises in a way nearly no other institution does. Outside the UN, we are even better positioned to play this critical role, drawing on the expertise, networks and credibility we have developed, and combining them with increased reach, a more innovative approach and a sharper voice.  You can select Africa only at the bottom.

Political Violence at a Glance.  Want to know why violence broke out in Syria but not Bahrain? Why the world has responded the way it has? Whether the United States should intervene or stay out? Political Violence @ a Glance answers questions on the most pressing problems related to violence and protest in the world’s conflict zones.  Analysis comes from a distinguished team of experts from universities including American University, BYU, Columbia, Denver, Georgetown, Maryland, Michigan, Princeton, Tufts, UCLA, UCSD, Wisconsin, and Yale. The goal is to anticipate the questions you have about violence happening around the world and to offer you simple, straight-forward analysis before anyone else does. No jargon. No lingo. Just insightful content. We hope you find it helpful.

"Under The Black Flag" provides news, opinion, and analysis about the impact of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria, Iraq, and beyond. It focuses not only on the fight against terrorist groups in the Middle East, but also on the implications for the region and the world. The blog's primary author, James Miller, closely covered the first three years of the Arab Spring, with a focus on Syria, and is now the managing editor of The Interpreter, where he covers Russia's foreign and domestic policy and the Kremlin's wars in Syria and Ukraine. Follow him on Twitter: @Millermena

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