Background To The Issue presents background information prepared a number of years ago to provide necessary material for greater student engagement in the issues of Terrorism, Refuges, Afghanistan, Argentina, and India and Pakistan.
Terrorism - What is terrorism? Are there different types of terrorism? How does terrorism differ from war? When, in recent years, have terrorists been active? Who are Moslems? Why do some Moslems feel hatred towards the United States? What is jihad? What are examples of other recent acts of terrorism against the U.S.?
Refugees - How do governments define a refugee? How does a refugee differ from an immigrant? Where are refugees found today? What events can force people to become refugees? What action is the world taking on the issue of refugees? What is the U.S. and Canada response to the issue of refugees? Are there any changes to refugee laws and regulations in view of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.?
Afghanistan - What is the size and population of Afghanistan? What historical events helped to shape the country? What issues will be faced by a post-Taliban Afghanistan?
Argentina - Where is Argentina located? What are the main events in Argentina's history? What is the cause of the current crisis? What steps might Argentina take to ease the economic situation? What action has Argentina taken? What are the consequences of the current crisis?
India and Pakistan - What was the political impact of the Dec. 13 attack? What caused the tense relationship between India and Pakistan? What are some of the issues and concerns about the situation?