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Educators Bulletin: Winter/Spring 2012 Academic Conference Call Series

January 27, 2012

Dear Educator:

I trust your semester is off to a good start. I invite you and your students to participate in our Winter/Spring 2012 Academic Conference Call series. The schedule is below. In order to better accommodate all schools, please note that calls this semester will take place on both Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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 the upcoming conference calls.

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


Winter/Spring 2012 Academic Conference Call Series

CFR's Academic Conference Calls feature a brief presentation by a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or another leading expert, followed by a question-and-answer session for students. To sign up, please email

Wednesday, February 8

Academic Conference Call: The United States and Iran: On the Brink

with Speaker Trita Parsi, Founder and President, Iranian American Council, and Author of A Single Role of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran

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

Wednesday, February 22

Academic Conference Call: Russia's Upcoming Election

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)

Thursday, March 8

Academic Conference Call: Japan: One Year Later

with Speaker Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Wednesday, March 28

Academic Conference Call: Food Security in the Twenty-First Century

with Speaker Catherine Bertini, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Thursday, April 12

Academic Conference Call: Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East

with Speaker F. Gregory Gause III, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, University of Vermont, and Author of the Council Special Report Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)

Wednesday, April 25

Academic Conference Call: Energy Dependence

with Speaker Blake Clayton, Fellow for Energy and National Security, Council on Foreign Relations

12:00—1:00 p.m., (ET)



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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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