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: More Money Than God

Teaching Module: More Money Than God

Author: Sebastian Mallaby

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Sebastian Mallaby gives an insider's view on the origin and evolution of hedge funds in the broader context of the history of modern finance through extensive research and numerous case studies. Teaching notes by the author.

Teaching Module: U.S. Immigration Policy

Teaching Module: U.S. Immigration Policy

Author: Edward Alden

This CFR Independent Task Force Report warns that the failure to reform dysfunctional immigration laws and procedures threatens to harm the U.S. economy, complicate diplomacy, and weaken national security. It argues that maintaining America's political and economic leadership depends on attracting talented and hard-working immigrants and on securing the country's borders in a smart, effective, and humane way. Teaching notes by Edward Alden, CFR senior fellow and director of the task force.

Teaching Module: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

Teaching Module: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

Author: Charles D. Ferguson

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 notes by Charles D. Ferguson, director of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report.

Teaching Module: War of Necessity, War of Choice

Teaching Module: War of Necessity, War of Choice

Author: Richard N. Haass

In this book, CFR President Richard N. 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 notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Averting Crisis in Ukraine

Teaching Module: Averting Crisis in Ukraine

Author: Steven Pifer

In this report, Steven 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 notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Russian Foreign Policy

Teaching Module: Russian Foreign Policy

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

In this book, CFR Fellow Jeffrey 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 notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt

Teaching Module: Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt

Author: Daniel S. Markey

In this Council Special Report, CFR Senior Fellow Daniel 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 notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Eurasian Energy Security

Teaching Module: Eurasian Energy Security

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

In this report, Jeffrey 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 notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Deterring State Sponsorship of Nuclear Terrorism

Teaching Module: Deterring State Sponsorship of Nuclear Terrorism

Author: Michael A. Levi

In this Council Special Report, CFR Senior Fellow Michael A. 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 notes by the author.

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 Council Special Report, by Independent Consultant for International Development and Foreign Policy Anthony W. Gambino, 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 notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea

Teaching Module: Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea

Author: Paul B. Stares

This Council Special Report, by CFR Senior Fellow and Director of CFR's Center for Preventative Action Paul B. Stares, 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 notes by the author.

Teaching Module: The Closing of the American Border

Teaching Module: The Closing of the American Border

Author: Edward Alden

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Edward 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 notes by the author.

Teaching Module: Dealing With Damascus

Teaching Module: Dealing With Damascus

Author: Mona Yacoubian

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 notes by Mona Yacoubian.

Teaching Module: On Nuclear Terrorism

Teaching Module: On Nuclear Terrorism

Author: Michael A. Levi

In this CFR book, CFR Senior Fellow Michael A. 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 notes by the author.

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 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.