Council on Foreign Relations Educators Bulletin
Resources for the Academic Community

Special Edition: Ukraine

April 2014

Dear Educator:

The April issue of the Educators Bulletin focuses on the crisis in Ukraine. Included are CFR resources in a variety of formats to fit differing needs. Whether you want to provide a succinct overview of the crisis, an in-depth analysis of the story as it unfolded over the last year, or an insider's take on the topic, CFR has the resources you need to bring the story to life.

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Irina A. Faskianos
Vice President, National Program & Outreach


Video: Sanctions Against Russia: Three Things to Know

Ukraine's intensifying crisis has the Obama administration hinting at tougher sanctions against Russia, which could threaten Moscow's ability to trade and invest, says Robert Kahn, CFR's Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics. Watch the video »

Audio: Foreign Affairs media call with Ivo H. Daalder and James G. Stavridis

Former U.S. permanent representative to NATO Ivo H. Daalder and former NATO supreme allied commander James G. Stavridis discuss Ukraine, the Russian presence in Crimea, and the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. Listen to the call »

Interview: Is Ukraine on a Long Road to Rupture?

Stephen Sestanovich, Bernard Gwertzman

Ukraine may be heading for the type of frozen conflict that occurred in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Moldova immediately after the breakup of the Soviet Union, says CFR's Stephen Sestanovich. Read more »

Primary Sources: Geneva Statement on Ukraine

Stephen Sestanovich, Bernard Gwertzman, John F. Kerry, Catherine Ashton

Foreign ministers from the United States, the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia released a joint statement on April 17, 2014, outlining steps to reduce tensions in Ukraine following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich and Russia's annexation of Crimea. The foreign ministers charged Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with enforcing the agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton held a press conference on the agreement. Read the statement »

Op-Ed: Time to Rethink Sanctions Against Russia and Aid to Ukraine

Sanctions are already imposing an economic price on Russia, but the West needs to provide better carrots and sticks for Ukraine, says CFR's Robert Kahn. Read more »


CFR Backgrounders are succinct explanations of current political or economic issues. They are an excellent way of introducing the complexities and challenges surrounding an issue through relatively short readings. Assign them before class and then use the section titles to spark discussion. Be sure to review the Additional Resources section for more class materials.

Backgrounder: Ukraine in Crisis

Why is Ukraine in crisis?
What are Russia's concerns?
What is the role of the European Union?
What is the status of Crimea?
Do Russian moves in Ukraine violate international law?
What are U.S. and European policy options in Ukraine?
Additional Resources Read more »

Backgrounder: The European Union's Eastern Partnership (EaP)

What is the EaP's purpose?
What happened to Ukraine's partnership process?
How has Russia responded to the EaP?
How successful has the EaP been?
What factors have undermined the EaP?
What is the EaP's future?
Additional Resources Read more »


CFR Issue Guides are curated collections of recent, noteworthy articles available on a given topic. Divide students into groups, assign each an article, and then ask them to present their findings to the class.

Issue Guide: Crisis in Ukraine's Crimea

The deployment of Russian forces in Crimea has escalated tensions feeding instability in Ukraine following the ascension to power of a new interim leadership. Read more »

Issue Guide: Crisis in Ukraine

The latest eruption of violence in Ukraine has brought its protracted political unrest—rooted in a dispute over strengthening ties with the European Union—to its bloodiest phase yet. Some analysts are concerned that further strife will prevent the power-sharing compromises necessary for restoring stability. This roundup of expert analysis examines the conflict and consequences for regional stability. Read more »


The link below allows you special access to an article from the new Foreign Affairs eBook: Crisis in Ukraine.

$8.95 or free with subscription

Foreign Affairs eBook: Crisis in Ukraine
Foreign Affairs' new eBook, Crisis in Ukraine, sets the intellectual stage for understanding the turmoil surrounding Ukraine, what is really at stake, and what will come next. Assign the articles to students to provide context, or ask them to summarize their arguments in class. Read about the collection.

"Get Ready for a Russo-German Europe"
Mitchell A. Orenstein
Since WWII, France and Germany have had the most influence over Europe's trajectory. But as the EU spreads eastward, the decision of who is in and who is out and under what terms will be decided by Germany and Russia.



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