What’s that have to do with the price of chocolate in America?

Political instability in a small nation in Africa means higher prices for cocoa worldwide, which means you may only send mother a card this year, instead of chocolates. That’s an example of how  politics and culture (the tendency toward revolution found in African nations) affect economics and even social interactions overseas. Some cocoa exporters in the Ivory Coast are refusing to export their cocoa until they can oust Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of the West African nation, who was defeated in a recent election. The shortened supply of cocoa means higher prices. So history, politics, culture, and economics are interwoven to tell a story about the price of chocolate. This interdisciplinary way of looking at current issues is the way that we apply international studies in the “real world.” See the story at http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-01-24-ivory-Coast-coca_N.htm

 

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