Bytes: Do Countries Have Friends?

| May 30, 2023

It turns out international organizations are more than just places for the world’s leaders to stand around and talk.

International organizations like the United Nations, European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization dot the global landscape and can often provoke controversy.

These Bytes clear up misconceptions learners may have and help them make sense of the role these organizations play in today’s world.

Geopolitics is a critical component of 21st-century civics education. In today’s interconnected world, challenges are global in scale, and they impact our everyday lives in profound ways. Learners of all ages should have access to the tools and resources they need to better navigate their futures and make their voices and concerns heard.

IGA has partnered with The Rumie Initiative, a pioneer in micro-learning, to develop four micro-curricula on critical topics in the history of international relations. These lessons, delivered through Bytes, bring information to life in just 6-10 minutes. Stay tuned as we release more micro-curricula on nuclear weapons, international organizations, and the legacy of the Vietnam War in the coming weeks

Who makes the rules? A survival guide to international politics 🌐🤝

In international politics, there are no referees like there are in a soccer match or basketball game. With no supreme authority to make and enforce the rules, how do countries, international organizations, people, and the world’s other players get along?

While there is no official survival guide to global affairs, this Byte outlines a few basic principles and concepts to help us navigate our world.

What are the differences between the UN, EU, and NATO?

The UN, the EU, and NATO. You’re undoubtedly familiar with most, if not all, of these letters. But it isn’t always clear what these organizations are or what they do. We spell it out for you.

Learn about the history of these organizations, their structure, and their purpose.

NATO, Then & Now

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is one of history’s most successful alliances, but NATO has faced many challenges in its lifetime, and its future continues to be up for debate.

Learn about the history of NATO, from the Cold War and its triumph in the 1990s to Russia’s war in Ukraine and its future mission.

A brighter future for all