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Fall 2014 Academic Conference Call Series

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Wednesday, September 24: "The Impact of Technology on International Security and Geopolitics" with Jared Cohen
Background reading: "The Future of Internet Freedom," "Web Censorship: The Net is Closing in," "The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution"

Thursday, October 9: "The U.S.-India Relationship" with Alyssa Ayres
Background reading: "Bringing India Inside the Asian Trade Tent," "U.S.-India Relations Timeline," "Alyssa Ayres, Asia Unbound Blog"

Wednesday, October 22: "The Future of Guantanamo Bay" with Matthew C. Waxman
Background reading: "What to do About Guantanamo Bay Video," "Obama’s Guantanamo Legacy"

Thursday, November 6: "NAFTA at Twenty" with Shannon K. O’Neil
Background reading: "Good Neighbors," "NAFTA’s Economic Upsides," "NAFTA Original Documents"

Thursday, November 20: "U.S.-China Relations" with Robert D. Blackwill
Background reading: "China’s Maritime Disputes InfoGuide," "U.S.-China Relations Timeline," "U.S.-China Relations, Asia Unbound Blog"

Thursday, December 4: "The Implications of Drones on U.S. Foreign Policy" with Micah Zenko and Sarah Kreps
Background reading: "Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation," "Drone Proliferation: What We Have to Fear," "Drones and Targeted Killings, Politics, Power, and Preventative Action Blog"

Academic Conference Call Audio

Global Gender Gaps

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, CFR's senior fellow for women and foreign policy, discusses global gender gaps with professors and students, as...

Teaching Modules

Teaching Notes: The Sunni-Shia Divide

Teaching Notes: The Sunni-Shia Divide

Sectarian conflict is becoming entrenched in some Muslim countries and is threatening to fracture Iraq and Syria. This InfoGuide explains how tensions between Sunnis and Shias could reshape the future Middle East. These teaching notes include discussion questions, essay questions, and suggestions for classroom activities.
Teaching Notes: No Exit from Pakistan

Teaching Notes: No Exit from Pakistan

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Daniel Markey tells the story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. These teaching notes by the author include discussion questions, essay questions, further projects, and supplementary materials.
Teaching Notes: Why Growth Matters

Teaching Notes: Why Growth Matters

In this book, two preeminent experts on the Indian economy argue that despite myriad development strategies, only one can succeed in alleviating poverty: the overall growth of the country's economy. Teaching notes by Jagdish Bhagwati include discussion topics and essay questions suitable for courses on development economics, Indian development, and political economy.
Teaching Notes: The Emerging Arctic

Teaching Notes: The Emerging Arctic

These discussion prompts, essay questions, and in-class activities are designed to help educators use "The Emerging Arctic" InfoGuide in the classroom. This CFR InfoGuide explains how the northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping.
Teaching Notes: Foreign Policy Begins at Home

Teaching Notes: Foreign Policy Begins at Home

These Teaching Notes, by CFR President Richard N. Haass, feature discussion questions, essay questions, activities, and additional materials for educators to supplement the use of Dr. Haass's book Foreign Policy Begins at Home in the classroom. In this book, Dr. Haass argues that the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of the United States comes not from abroad but from within.

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