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 Module: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

Teaching Module: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

Author: Charles D. Ferguson

This module features teaching notes by Charles D. Ferguson, director of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy, along with other resources to supplement the text. This report emphasizes that states have the right to pursue peaceful nuclear energy, contingent on adhering to the highest standards of safety, security, and safeguards, and the responsibility to pursue nuclear disarmament and a treaty on general and complete disarmament.

Teaching Module: War of Necessity, War of Choice

Teaching Module: War of Necessity, War of Choice

Author: Richard N. Haass

This module features teaching notes by CFR President Richard N. Haass, author of War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this CFR Book, Dr. Haass contrasts the decisions that shaped the conduct of two wars between the United States and Iraq, and writes an authoritative, personal account of how U.S. foreign policy is made. The preface to the paperback edition assesses not only Iraq but also the war in Afghanistan and a potential conflict with Iran.

Teaching Module: Averting Crisis in Ukraine

Teaching Module: Averting Crisis in Ukraine

Author: Steven Pifer

This teaching module features teaching notes by Steven Pifer, author of the Council Special Report Averting Crisis in Ukraine, along with additional resources to supplement the text. In this report, Ambassador Pifer examines current issues facing Ukraine, including its geostrategic relevance; the social, political, and economic relationship between Russia and Ukraine; the question of NATO membership; and the possibilities for integration into the West.

Teaching Module: Russian Foreign Policy

Teaching Module: Russian Foreign Policy

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

This teaching module features teaching notes by CFR Fellow Jeffrey Mankoff, author of Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics, along with other materials to supplement the text. In this book, Dr. Mankoff analyzes Russia's interactions with major global actors and concludes that today's Russia is more interested in restoring what its leaders consider to be its rightful place among the world's major powers rather than in directly challenging the West.

Teaching Module: Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt

Teaching Module: Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt

Author: Daniel S. Markey

This module features teaching notes by CFR Senior Fellow Daniel Markey, author of Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this Council Special Report, Dr. Markey argues that the United States must work with Islamabad to confront security threats in the region and improve governance and economic opportunity in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Teaching Module: Eurasian Energy Security

Teaching Module: Eurasian Energy Security

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

This teaching module features teaching notes by Jeffrey Mankoff, author of the Council Special Report Eurasian Energy Security, along with additional resources to supplement the text. In this report, Dr. Mankoff examines Russia's rise as an energy power and suggests that Europe can increase its energy security by working with--not against--Russia going forward.

Teaching Module: Deterring State Sponsorship of Nuclear Terrorism

Teaching Module: Deterring State Sponsorship of Nuclear Terrorism

Author: Michael A. Levi

This module features teaching notes by CFR Senior Fellow Michael A. Levi, author of Deterring State Sponsorship of Nuclear Terrorism, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this Council Special Report, Dr. Levi assesses the state of nuclear security in several vulnerable countries and examines how different deterrent threats would affect the dynamics of cooperation and competition to improve nuclear security.

Teaching Module: Avoiding Transfers to Torture

Teaching Module: Avoiding Transfers to Torture

Author: Ashley S. Deeks

This teaching module features teaching notes by author Ashley S. Deeks for the Council Special Report Avoiding Transfers to Torture, along with additional resources to supplement the text. In this report, Ms. Deeks addresses the dilemma that occurs when the United States obtains assurances that released detainees will not be tortured by their home countries upon return, guarantees that are an important tool for dealing with dangerous suspects.

Teaching Module: Congo: Securing Peace, Sustaining Progress

Teaching Module: Congo: Securing Peace, Sustaining Progress

Author: Anthony W. Gambino

This module features teaching notes by Independent Consultant for International Development and Foreign Policy Anthony W. Gambino, author of Congo: Securing Peace, Sustaining Progress, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Council Special Report addresses the country's social, economic, and security challenges and recommends two priorities for U.S. policy: combating insecurity in the east and promoting sustainable development.

Teaching Module: Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea

Teaching Module: Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea

Author: Paul B. Stares

This module features teaching notes by CFR Senior Fellow and Director of CFR's Center for Preventative Action Paul B. Stares, coauthor of Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Council Special Report addresses the foreign policy challenge of how the United States and its allies can prepare for the possibility of sudden and destabilizing change in North Korea.

Teaching Module: The Closing of the American Border

Teaching Module: The Closing of the American Border

Author: Edward Alden

This module features teaching notes by CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden, author of The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this book, Mr. Alden examines the complicated interplay between the United States' need for homeland security and economic openness in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Teaching Module: Dealing With Damascus

Teaching Module: Dealing With Damascus

Author: Mona Yacoubian

This module features teaching notes by Mona Yacoubian, coauthor of the Council Special Report Dealing with Damascus, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this report, Mona Yacoubian and Scott Lasensky argue that the U.S. approach of isolating and undermining the Syrian regime has largely failed. The authors suggest that diplomatic engagement with Syria would be a more effective means of accomplishing U.S. goals in the region.

Teaching Module: On Nuclear Terrorism

Teaching Module: On Nuclear Terrorism

Author: Michael A. Levi

This module features teaching notes by CFR Senior Fellow Michael A. Levi, author of On Nuclear Terrorism, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this CFR book, Dr. Levi examines one of the greatest national security threats of our time: terrorist groups armed with nuclear weapons, and argues that only a broad-based and multi-layered defense can be effective in confronting it.

Teaching Module: Confronting Climate Change

Teaching Module: Confronting Climate Change

Author: Michael A. Levi

This module features teaching notes by Michael A. Levi, director of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, Confronting Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Policy, along with other resources to supplement the text. This report lays out a U.S. negotiating proposal for a global climate accord, including what the United States should be willing to offer and what it should expect others to do in order to confront climate change.

Teaching Notes: Avoiding Transfers to Torture

Teaching Notes: Avoiding Transfers to Torture

Author: Ashley S. Deeks

These teaching notes, by author Ashley S. Deeks, feature discussion questions and additional projects for the Council Special Report Avoiding Transfers to Torture. In this report, Ms. Deeks addresses the dilemma that occurs when the United States obtains assurances that released detainees will not be tortured by their home countries upon return. She concludes that despite problems associated with their use, assurances are an important tool for dealing with dangerous suspects.

Teaching Module: Reforming U.S. Patent Policy

Teaching Module: Reforming U.S. Patent Policy

Author: Keith E. Maskus

This module features teaching notes for Reforming U.S. Patent Policy: Getting the Incentives Right by author Keith E. Maskus, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Council Special Report acknowledges the importance of patent protection for innovation but also warns against blind adherence to the mantra that more protection will necessarily produce more innovation.

Teaching Module: Climate Change and National Security

Teaching Module: Climate Change and National Security

Author: Joshua W. Busby

This module features teaching notes for Climate Change and National Security: An Agenda for Action by author Joshua Busby, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Council Special Report proposes a portfolio of feasible and affordable policy options to reduce the vulnerability of the United States and other countries to the predictable effects of climate change.

Teaching Module: Planning for Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

Teaching Module: Planning for Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

Author: Michelle D. Gavin

This module features teaching notes for Planning for Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe by author and CFR Adjunct Fellow Michelle D. Gavin, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Council Special Report argues that by leading an international process to plan for the eventual departure of Zimbabwe's President Mugabe, the United States can increase the likelihood that change will bring constructive reform instead of conflict and state collapse.

Teaching Module: The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

Teaching Module: The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

Author: Noah Feldman

This module features teaching notes by Noah Feldman, author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, along with other resources to supplement the text. This CFR book provides a sweeping history of the traditional Islamic constitution--its noble beginnings, its downfall, and the renewed promise it could hold for Muslims and Westerners alike.