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Resources for the Academic Community

August 2012

CFR Interactive Analyzes Proliferation of Transnational Crime

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With transnational crime on the rise, CFR's newest Global Governance Monitor looks at the scope of the problem and critiques international efforts to address it. This multimedia resource, which makes use of interactive features such as a video, graphic timeline, matrix, and map, is suitable for classroom use or for students' independent work. A comprehensive issue brief and list of recommended readings provide students with sound understanding of the topic and avenues for further exploration. Explore the Monitor

 

Combatting the "Resource Curse"

In this Policy Innovation Memorandum, CFR's Terra Lawson-Remer discusses a range of problems countries with significant natural resources and poor governance face, and how external support can assist by promoting transparency and addressing corruption. Add this report to your syllabus and have students write a case study of a country struggling with a resource curse, including recommendations for how the international community could help the country alleviate difficulties. Download the Report »

Preventing Renewed Violence in Iraq

In Iraq, "the risk of acute instability and renewed conflict remains," asserts the New America Foundation's Douglas A. Ollivant in this new CFR Contingency Planning Memorandum. Ollivant assesses Iraq's current fragility and argues that the United States should be actively involved in promoting stability in order to prevent civil conflict. Assign students to write an op-ed supporting or opposing one of the report's recommendations. Read the Memorandum »

In the Classroom: Colette Mazzucelli

This summer, Colette Mazzucelli, professor at New York University's Center for Global Affairs, integrated CFR and Foreign Affairs articles, podcasts, meeting transcripts, and roundtable videos in the module design of her Global Civil Society course. Dr. Mazzucelli used Skype to feature University of Texas at Austin educator Jeremi Suri as a guest lecturer for a module that included a video from a CFR symposium entitled The Arab Uprisings: How Did We Get Here. Her class used this resource to analyze the global revolutions of 1968 and their implications for the emergence of transnational advocacy networks, as well as global civil society. Dr. Mazzucelli says that this and other CFR and Foreign Affairs materials provided the foundation for debate in the classroom.


SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICA

Zimbabwe's Election and U.S.- South Africa Collaboration

Supplement your syllabus with this new report by CFR's John Campbell, in which he claims that Zimbabwe's upcoming election provides an opportunity for the United States and South Africa to improve their bilateral relations. Lead a class discussion on other regional issues on which the United States and South Africa could forge a partnership. Download the Report »

Crisis in Mali

Assign students to write a response to CFR's John Campbell's Expert Brief, which states that weak governance and radical jihadists are at the heart of Mali's crisis, and any intervention should focus on humanitarian aid and diplomacy. Access the Brief »

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Examining the Outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit

Global leaders from a range of organizations analyze the results of the Rio+20 summit on environmental sustainability. Have students discuss the summit's outcomes based on this Expert Roundup. Read More »

Urbanization and Natural Disasters

Share with students this blog post by CFR's Stewart M. Patrick on the growing threat of natural disasters as a result of increasing urban migration. Assign students to write a proposal for a disaster preparedness program in a high-risk urban area. Join the Conversation »

Fellowship Applications

The Council on Foreign Relations is seeking applicants for the 2013–2014 International Affairs Fellowship Programs: the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF), IAF in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., the IAF in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and the IAF in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation. Application instructions, program details, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines can be found online at www.cfr.org/fellowships.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS HIGHLIGHTS

The links below allow you special access to these subscribers-only articles from Foreign Affairs.

"Why the Euro Will Survive" and "The Failure of the Euro"

In "Why the Euro Will Survive," C. Fred Bergsten, director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, asserts that despite the current crisis, the euro will not collapse and is likely to even emerge stronger. In "The Failure of the Euro," Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker professor of economics at Harvard University and professor emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research, claims that the euro "should be recognized as an experiment that failed." Assign both articles to your class and organize a debate in which students defend Bergsten and Feldstein's arguments.

 

 

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