Teaching Modules

Teaching Modules—featuring teaching notes by the authors of CFR publications—are designed to assist educators in creating or supplementing a course syllabus. The modules are customized packages built around a primary CFR text, such as a book or report, and include teaching notes; additional readings; video, audio, and transcripts of CFR meetings; Foreign Affairs articles; and other online resources. Use of these modules is free of charge. They may be used in part or in their entirety.

All 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.

Teaching Notes: No Exit from Pakistan

Teaching Notes: No Exit from Pakistan

Author: Daniel S. Markey

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. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Notes: Why Growth Matters

Teaching Notes: Why Growth Matters

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.

Teaching Notes: The Emerging Arctic

Teaching Notes: The Emerging Arctic

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. But debate is mounting over whether the Arctic can be developed sustainably and peaceably. Teaching notes by Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Teaching Notes: The Power Surge

Teaching Notes: The Power Surge

In The Power Surge, Michael Levi combines on-the-ground reporting with in-depth analysis to illuminate what's really happening as the fracking industry takes root. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Invisible Armies

Teaching Module: Invisible Armies

Author: Max Boot

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Max Boot offers a comprehensive history of guerrilla warfare and terrorism, and relates lessons of the past to current national security policy considerations. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Notes: No One's World

Teaching Notes: No One's World

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Charles A. Kupchan argues that the world is on the cusp of a redistribution of power in which no single state or region will dominate—or govern—the international scene. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Child Marriage

Teaching Module: Child Marriage

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not only violates human rights laws but also threatens stability and economic development.

Teaching Module: Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

Teaching Module: Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

Author: John Campbell

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell examines Nigeria's postcolonial past and offers policy options for the United States to help promote political, social, and economic development. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Notes: Foreign Policy Begins at Home

Teaching Notes: Foreign Policy Begins at Home

In this book, CFR President Richard N. Haass argues that the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of the United States comes not from abroad but from within. He puts forward a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration, in which the United States limits its engagement in wars of choice and humanitarian interventions abroad and focuses on restoring the foundations of its power at home. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Module: China's Maritime Disputes

Teaching Module: China's Maritime Disputes

The East and South China Seas are the scene of escalating territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The tensions, shaped by China's growing assertiveness, have fueled concerns over armed conflict and raised questions about Washington's security commitments in its strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.

Teaching Module: Two Nations Indivisible

Teaching Module: Two Nations Indivisible

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies Shannon K. O'Neil discusses how beyond the narrative of violence that dominates the headlines is a more hopeful Mexico with a globally competitive economy, a rising middle class, and increasingly influential pro-democracy voters--a country the United States should see as a partner, not a problem. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Module: The Battle of Bretton Woods

Teaching Module: The Battle of Bretton Woods

Author: Benn Steil

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics Benn Steil challenges the notion that Bretton Woods was the product of an amiable Anglo-American collaboration, and explains that it was in reality part of a much more ambitious geopolitical agenda hatched within President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Treasury and aimed at eliminating Great Britain as an economic and political rival. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Module: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Teaching Module: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

In this book, CFR Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon provides an intimate look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan through the incredible true story of a female entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. This text can be incorporated in a variety of international affairs and foreign policy courses, such as those focusing on Afghanistan, global political economy, international development, and gender studies. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Module: The Future of NATO

Teaching Module: The Future of NATO

Author: James M. Goldgeier

In this Council Special Report, CFR former senior fellow for transatlantic relations James M. Goldgeier discusses the relevance of NATO in a post-cold war world, and how the U.S. can benefit from collective security across the atlantic for the successful outcome of military operations in the Middle East. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Module: The Russian Economic Crisis

Teaching Module: The Russian Economic Crisis

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

CFR Adjunct Fellow Jeffrey Mankoff examines the domestic and foreign policy consequences of the economic downturn that hit Russia in late 2008, and how the shift in the political debate inside Russia influenced its perceptions of the outside world. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Notes: U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

Teaching Notes: U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

Author: Scott A. Snyder

In this report, a bipartisan group of eminent leaders in the fields of defense policy, weapons of mass destruction, human rights, and academia discuss their consensus on these issues and provide a range of recommendations for U.S. policy toward North and South Korea. Teaching notes by CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Scott A. Snyder.

Teaching Module: Paradise Beneath Her Feet

Teaching Module: Paradise Beneath Her Feet

Author: Isobel Coleman

CFR Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman demonstrates how influential Islamic feminist thinkers are driving social change in the Middle East to create economic, political, and educational opportunities for women. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Notes: Skilled Immigration Today

Teaching Notes: Skilled Immigration Today

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Jagdish N. Bhagwati and coauthor Gordon Hanson examine the causes and consequences of the international migration of skilled workers with a particular emphasis on the policy challenges confronting the governments in sending and receiving countries. Teaching notes by Professor Bhagwati.

Teaching Module: Between Threats and War

Teaching Module: Between Threats and War

Author: Micah Zenko

In this book, CFR Fellow Micah Zenko examines thirty-six discrete military operations carried out by the United States and evaluates U.S. policy choices, recommending ways in which limited military force may be applied in the future. Teaching notes by the author.