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: God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

Teaching Module: God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

Author: Walter Russell Mead

This module features teaching notes by Walter Russell Mead, author of God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World, along with other resources to supplement the text. In his book, Mr. Mead recounts how the British and their American heirs built an unrivaled global system of politics, power, investment, and trade over the past three hundred years.

Teaching Module: America Between the Wars

Teaching Module: America Between the Wars

Authors: Derek H. Chollet and James M. Goldgeier

This module features teaching notes by Derek H. Chollet and James M. Goldgeier, coauthors of America Between the Wars, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this CFR book, Mr. Chollet and Dr. Goldgeier explore how the decisions and debates of the years between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Twin Towers shaped the world we live in today.

Teaching Module: U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality

Teaching Module: U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil

This module features teaching notes by CFR Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies Shannon K. O'Neil, director of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on Latin America, U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Task Force report offers recommendations for U.S. policy toward Latin America and identifies four crucial areas—poverty and inequality, public security, migration, and energy security—that should provide the basis of a new U.S. approach.

Teaching Module: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

Teaching Module: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

Author: Amity Shlaes

This module features teaching notes by Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, along with other resources to supplement the text. In her book, Miss Shlaes asserts that the real question about the Depression is not whether Roosevelt ended it with World War II, but why the Depression lasted so long. She argues that federal intervention between 1929 and 1940 unnecessarily deepened and prolonged the Depression.

Teaching Module: Regional Monetary Integration

Teaching Module: Regional Monetary Integration

Authors: Peter B. Kenen and Ellen E. Meade

This module features teaching notes by Peter B. Kenen and Ellen E. Meade, coauthors of Regional Monetary Integration, along with other resources to supplement the text. In the book, the authors seek to explain why governments contemplate regional monetary integration and why some country groups are more likely than others to exercise that option, and to be successful at doing so.

Teaching Module: Toward an Angola Strategy: Prioritizing U.S.-Angola Relations

Teaching Module: Toward an Angola Strategy: Prioritizing U.S.-Angola Relations

This module features teaching notes and supplemental resources for Toward an Angola Strategy: Prioritizing U.S.-Angola Relations, a report of an Independent Commission sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action. This report argues that it is in the interest of the United States to help develop a sustainable and lasting peace in Angola.

Teaching Module: Challenges for a Postelection Mexico: Issues for U.S. Policy

Teaching Module: Challenges for a Postelection Mexico: Issues for U.S. Policy

Author: Pamela K. Starr

This module features teaching notes by former Eurasia Group analyst and Georgetown University professor Pamela K. Starr, author of Challenges for a Postelection Mexico: Issues for U.S. Policy, along with other resources to supplement the text. In the report, Starr considers the consequences of Mexico's 2006 presidential election and offers recommendations on how the U.S. government can strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Teaching Module: Bolivia on the Brink

Teaching Module: Bolivia on the Brink

Author: Eduardo A. Gamarra

This module features teaching notes by Florida International University professor Eduardo A. Gamarra, author of Bolivia on the Brink, along with other resources to supplement the text. In the report, Gamarra encourages the U.S. government to redirect its policy toward Bolivia to emphasize preservation of the democratic process and conflict prevention.  

Teaching Module: Nigeria: Elections and Continuing Challenges

Teaching Module: Nigeria: Elections and Continuing Challenges

Author: Robert I. Rotberg

This module features teaching notes by World Peace Foundation president Robert I. Rotberg, author of Nigeria: Elections and Continuing Challenges, along with other resources to supplement the text. In the report, Rotberg describes what steps might be taken to strengthen democracy in the near-term and to tackle Nigeria's long-term challenges of governance, security, and development.

Teaching Module: In Defense of Globalization

Teaching Module: In Defense of Globalization

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati

This module features teaching notes by CFR senior fellow Jagdish N. Bhagwati, author of In Defense of Globalization, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this new edition of his popular book, Bhagwati argues that, when properly regulated, globalization can be the most powerful force for social good in the world today.

Teaching Module: Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa: U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia and Eritrea

Teaching Module: Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa: U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia and Eritrea

Author: Terrence Lyons

This module features teaching notes by George Mason University professor Terrence Lyons, author of Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa, along with other resources to supplement the text. In the report, Lyons presents a full picture of what is going on in the Horn of Africa and suggests what the United States needs to do to address the multiple challenges to stability.

Teaching Module: Darfur and Beyond: What Is Needed to Prevent Mass Atrocities

Teaching Module: Darfur and Beyond: What Is Needed to Prevent Mass Atrocities

Author: Lee Feinstein

This module features teaching notes by former CFR senior fellow Lee Feinstein, the author of Darfur and Beyond, along with other resources to supplement the text. In the report, Feinstein argues that the new UN secretary-general should take the General Assembly's endorsement of responsibility to protect as a mandate and outlines steps the United States and others must follow to bolster UN action. 

Teaching Module: Nuclear Energy: Balancing Benefits and Risks

Teaching Module: Nuclear Energy: Balancing Benefits and Risks

Author: Charles D. Ferguson

This module features teaching notes by CFR fellow Charles D. Ferguson, the author of Nuclear Energy, along with other resources to supplement the text.  In the report, Ferguson examines the benefits and limits of nuclear power, arguing that the United States and international partners must find effective ways to address risks if the use of nuclear energy is to be realistically expanded.

Teaching Module: Playing Monopoly with the Devil

Teaching Module: Playing Monopoly with the Devil

Author: Manuel Hinds

This comprehensive book explores the currency problems that developing countries face and offers sound, practical advice for policymakers on how to deal with them.

Teaching Module: America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism

Author: Stephen E. Flynn

Three years after September 11, the United States is still dangerously unprepared to prevent or respond to another attack on its soil. Faced with this threat, the United States should be operating on a wartime footing at home. But despite the many new security precautions that have been proposed, America’s most serious vulnerabilities remain ominously exposed.

Teaching Module: Russia's Wrong Direction: What the United States Can and Should Do

Authors: John Edwards, Jack Kemp, and Stephen Sestanovich

Since the end of the Cold War, successive American administrations have sought to create a relationship with Russia that they called a “partnership.” This report asserts that this is the right long-term goal, but it is unfortunately not a realistic prospect for U.S.-Russia relations over the next several years. This report is also available in Russian.

Teaching Module: A New Beginning: Strategies for a More Fruitful Dialogue with the Muslim World

Author: Craig Charney

The issue of anti-Americanism in the Muslim world offers an ideal case study of the issue of “soft power.”  This involves the aspects of international relations and foreign policy that focus on leadership through prestige, persuasion, and cultural and economic power, rather than hard power, the “bombs and rockets” that make up much of the traditional introductory international relations course or specialized course on US foreign policy.