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Winter/Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series

January 2014

Dear Educator:

I hope your semester is off to a terrific start.

I write to invite you and your students to participate in our Winter/Spring 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 reading for your planning purposes. Participants will receive individual invitations in advance of each call, along with additional background materials. If you do not currently receive call invitations, please email with your name, preferred email address, and academic affiliation.

In addition to the conference call series, CFR offers many resources for educators and students, including a discounted subscription rate to Foreign Affairs magazine. 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 2014 Academic Conference Call Series

CFR's Academic Conference Calls connect students directly with a CFR fellow or Foreign Affairs author.

Wednesday, February 12

Academic Conference Call: 2014 Preventive Priorities

with Speaker Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention, Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: Preventive Priorities Survey: 2014, Global Conflict Tracker

Thursday, February 27

Academic Conference Call: China's Resource Quest

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

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: Energy, Security, and Climate Change Blog, "By All Means Necessary," Chapter 1

Wednesday, March 12

Academic Conference Call: Overdoing or Underdoing: Why Can't American Foreign Policy Do Better?

with Speaker Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Related Reading: What Would Richard Holbrooke Do?, Pull Back: The Case for a Less Active Foreign Policy, Lean Forward: In Defense of American Engagement

Thursday, March 27

Academic Conference Call: Update on the Congo

with Speaker Jason Stearns, Director, Usalama Project

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: Congo's Sudden Calm: A Break in Rwandan Meddling and the Defeat of the M23 Rebels, Helping Congo Help Itself: What It Will Take to End Africa’s Worst War

Wednesday, April 9

Academic Conference Call: Afghanistan After the Drawdown

with Speaker Seth G. Jones, Associate Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: Afghanistan After the Drawdown, Prospects for Afghanistan in 2014

Thursday, April 24

Academic Conference Call: Global Gender Gaps

with Speaker Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Background Reading: World Economic Forum: The Global Gender Gap Report, Women Starting Up the Middle East



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About CFR’s Academic Initiative

CFR’s Academic Initiative connects educators and students at the college and graduate levels with CFR’s research and analysis. The Academic Initiative offers a wealth of resources for the classroom, including an Academic Conference Call series, student briefings, and online Academic Modules, which feature teaching notes by authors of CFR publications. For more information, please contact

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