Using Facebook for International Relations

A new way of looking at IR by which populations of countries are connected on facebook

This is an interesting new tool that is actually really fun to play with: you can choose any country and then see where most of its foreign Facebook friends come from. Much of it is what you would expect: neighbors are often friends, but there are also many surprises and odd couples: the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ecuador, the Central African Republic and Kazakhstan, Japan and Brasil.



  1. Kerry Sun

    This is a very interesting post. Good job.

  2. There is a large ethnic Japanese population in Brazil so that may be part of the reason for the Japanese-Brazilian connection.

  3. I like this. I don’t understand the picture fully though. Do the colors represent the different continents? How does it show links between countries?

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