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Winter/Spring 2013 Academic Conference Call Series

January 2013

Dear Educator:

Happy New Year!

I write to invite you and your students to participate in our Winter/Spring 2013 Academic Conference Call series. These calls provide an opportunity for students and their professors to interact with a CFR fellow or Foreign Affairs author. Below you will find the call schedule with suggested background readings. If you do not already receive invitations for these calls and would like to, please email with your name, preferred email address, and academic affiliation.

In addition, I encourage you to take advantage of other CFR resources for educators, including Foreign Affairs magazine. We are offering a discounted bulk subscription rate for educators and students at For more information on CFR's Academic Initiative, visit or email

We look forward to having you and your students join us for these lively exchanges.

Best regards,
Irina A. Faskianos
Vice President, National Program & Outreach


Winter/Spring 2013 Academic Conference Call Series

CFR's Academic Conference Calls connect students directly with a CFR fellow or Foreign Affairs author. To sign up, please email

Wednesday, February 6

Academic Conference Call: Syria Update

with Speakers: Robert M. Danin, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: What Should U.S. Policy Be in Syria?, Proceed With Caution, Syria's Crisis and the Global Response, Pressure Points: Syria

Thursday, February 21

Academic Conference Call: Climate Change and the Obama Administration

with Speaker: Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: The False Promise of Energy Independence, Energy, Security, and Climate, Global Goverance Monitor: Climate Change

Wednesday, March 6

Academic Conference Call: Business and Human Rights

with Speaker: Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations

1:00—2:00 p.m., (ET). Please note the special timing of this call.

Background Reading: Conservatives, Liberals, and Human Rights, Promoting Human Rights: Is U.S. Consistency Desirable or Possible?, Global Governance Monitor: Human Rights

Thursday, March 28

Academic Conference Call: U.S.-Mexico Relations

with Speaker: Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: Refocusing U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation, Mexico’s Age of Agreement, Latin America’s Moment: Mexico

Wednesday, April 10

Academic Conference Call: Economic and Democratic Transitions: Lessons Learned

with Speaker: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: Democracy in Development, Development Channel

Thursday, April 25

Academic Conference Call: China, Cybersecurity, and Crisis Stability

with Speaker: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: Changes and Challenges for China in 2013, The Cyber Trade War, Asia Unbound: China



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