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Global Smackdown: Semester Recap

For the final Global Smackdown of the semester Dr. Tim Horner offers some updates on previous Smackdowns he’s covered this fall. Below is a breakdown on what he updated in this episode as well as links to the original Smackdowns if you missed them. 

It can be so easy to become overly focused on where we’re at and our little bubbles, but Dr. Tim Horner’s Global Smackdowns allow us to take a step-back and stay up-to-date with the world of international relations. If you haven’t tuned in this semester, I definitely recommend going back and catching up on what you have missed!

This week’s full Global Smackdown can be viewed here.

Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.





Global Smackdown: Ethiopia

“If we don’t flood the area with diplomacy, this will just continue to spiral out of control and you could see the Horn of Africa descend into this, bringing in Sudan and Eritrea.”

Dr. Tim Horner brings us back to the Horn of Africa this week looking at attacks by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front on both Ethiopia and Eritrea. He breaks down the history of this conflict, key players, the United States role, and the implications this may have for the entire Horn of Africa if there is not diplomatic intervention soon.

The whole Global Smackdown for Monday, Nov. 16, is available via Zoom here.

Where in the world are we?

Google Map featuring Ethiopia and Eritrea


Global Smackdown: Sudan

“This is part of a larger resorting in the Middle East and the emergence of Iran and Saudi Arabia as these regional powers.”

This week’s Global Smackdown adds to the larger conflict going on in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Dr. Tim Horner looks at the recent developments in a normalization deal between Sudan and Israel and then breaks down the underlying Sudanese political tension, the United State’s stakes, and how the deal plays into the bigger regional picture. 

The whole Global Smackdown from Monday, Oct. 26, is available via Zoom here.

Where in the world are we?

map showing the location of Sudan


Global Smackdown: Nagorno-Karabakh

“This really goes back to old political divisions that were never really worked out from 1990, as well as old grudges going back to the Armenian Genocide.”

This week on the Global Smackdown Dr. Horner looks at the newest development in the dispute over the Nagomo-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He discusses the history of the conflict, as well as some of the other key international players that have influence. Find the full smackdown HERE.

Where in the world are we?


Global(Half) SmackDown: Iran, Covid-19, Conspiracy

Global Half Smack Down Title Card

Dr. Tim Horner’s Global(Half)SmackDown for Monday, March 23, is available via Zoom (Click Here).

Today’s topic is part of the ongoing geo-political response to the Covid-19 pandemic, touching on multiple nation’s attempts to blame the pandemic on foreign powers. Some politicians in the U.S., China, and Iran, are beginning to lay responsibility for the virus’s spread on foreign nations as negligence or even intention.

Nate GosweilerNate Gosweiler is a graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication department. He is currently suffocating under the growing weight of his newly-created twitter feed. It. Never. Stops…!




The GlobalSmackDown Highlights Launch!

Today marks the premier of the GlobalSmackDown highlights series. Those of you who are familiar with Dr. Tim Horner’s weekly presentations will be happy to hear that we will now be uploading 3-4 minute highlights of every GSD, just in case you missed his live presentation.

The videos will be posted directly to our YouTube Channel (Falvey Memorial Library), but they will also be embedded in a blogpost for easy access (check out the first one below). For those of you not familiar with Dr. Horner’s presentations, we strongly encourage you to attend one of his 23-minute presentations on Mondays at 2:00pm in Speakers’ Corner.

The GlobalSmackDown with Dr. Tim Horner (11/4/19 Protests in Lebanon)




Last Modified: November 7, 2019