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Daniel C. Kurtzer, professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, used the Council Special Report “Dealing With Damascus: Seeking a Greater Return on U.S.-Syria Relations,” in his graduate workshop titled U.S. Policy Toward the Middle East “Pariahs”: Syria, Libya and Non-State Actors. Ambassador Kurtzer said the report added to the students’ knowledge base and challenged them to think about policy implications for the United States.
==> Explore the teaching notes and academic module for this report.
CFR Academic Conference Call Series
Thursday, February 17, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Speakers: Katherine Almquist, Former Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID
Payton L. Knopf, International Affairs Fellow in Residence, CFR
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==> Visit the CFR Educators Portal for the complete Winter/Spring 2011 Academic Conference Call schedule.
Share the following resources on the political conflict in Egypt with your students.
Egypt's Need for Presidential Change
CFR's Richard N. Haass makes the case for why the United States should either support a transfer of authority or the initiation of a constitutional reform process in Egypt.
In this Expert Brief, CFR’s Isobel Coleman discusses the social factors underlying Egypt’s crisis.
CFR's Steven A. Cook outlines a range of factors, including the role of the military, that will have a critical bearing on the outcome of the crisis in Egypt.
==> Read more about the role of the Egyptian military on Dr. Cook's blog, "From the Potomac to the Euphrates."
Provide your students with background on the unfolding unrest in the Middle East.
Lebanon Approaches the Tipping Point
Listen to this media conference call in which CFR’s Mohamad Bazzi discusses the history of and current political situation in Lebanon.
CFR's Robert Danin examines whether the wave of change engulfing the Arab world will ride through Syria.
==> Explore Foreign Affairs' coverage of and resources on the crisis in Egypt and the Middle East.
CFR experts Sebastian Mallaby and James M. Lindsay discuss Obama’s state of the union address and what it means for the U.S. economy and foreign policy.
==> Read this CFR Analysis Brief for more on Obama's Investment vs. Deficit Dilemma.
Connect your students with Foreign Affairs!
"The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change"
New York University professor Clay Shirky claims that the real potential of social media lies not in the power of mass protests to topple governments, but in supporting civil society and the public sphere.