Educators

May 13, 2011

In this issue:

FOREIGN AFFAIRS STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST

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Sponsored by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), Foreign Affairs invites undergraduate students to participate in its second annual student essay contest.

The winning essay will be published on the Foreign Affairs website and receive a prize of $1,000. Five honorable mentions will receive a free year-long subscription to the magazine. Submissions will be accepted through July 1, 2011.

For more information, please visit the Foreign Affairs website.

CFR IN THE CLASSROOM: NIAGARA UNIVERSITY'S JOHN B. STRANGES

John B. Stranges, Niagara University's university professor, used the Council Special Report The Drug War in Mexico: Confronting a Shared Threat by David A. Shirk, associate professor at the University of San Diego, in his course titled After the Cold War: U.S. Foreign Policy in the New Era. Professor Stranges said the report "was very helpful in setting the stage for a vigorous discussion on the problem as it affects the United States."

==> Find more CFR resources on Mexico.

BIN LADEN, AL-QAEDA, & U.S.-PAKISTAN RELATIONS

Connect your students with CFR's resources on Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

What's Next for al-Qaeda?
: Seven CFR experts discuss the effect, both real and symbolic, that Osama bin Laden’s death has had on al-Qaeda and its stature in the Middle East.

A Question of Priorities: CFR’s Micah Zenko addresses the question, "Why did it take so long to find bin Laden?"

More Tense Times Ahead for U.S.-Pakistan: CFR's Daniel Markey says the killing of bin Laden by U.S. troops on Pakistani soil is likely to exacerbate mutual mistrust between the United States and Pakistan, rather than lead to increased cooperation.

al-Qaeda (a.k.a. al-Qaida, al-Qa'ida): Explore this CFR Backgrounder to learn more about the organization and how it was affected by Osama bin Laden's death.

U.S. DEBT AND DEFICIT

Provide your students with background on the federal debt crisis.

The Budget Deficit and U.S. Competitiveness: Five experts discuss the implications of running large budget deficits for U.S. global competitiveness and what should be done to rein in the fiscal shortfall.

How to Reduce the National Debt: Roger C. Altman and CFR’s Richard N. Haass say the stakes are now too high to not raise the U.S. federal debt limit.

U.S. Debt Ceiling: Costs and Consequences: Browse this CFR Backgrounder to learn more about this issue.

FAILED STATES AND SECURITY THREATS

Supplement your syllabus with Weak Links, a new CFR book!

CFR’s Stewart M. Patrick contends that assumptions about the threats posed by failing states—or "weak links"—are based on anecdotal arguments. Dr. Patrick challenges conventional wisdom through systematic empirical analysis that traces the connections between state failure and transnational security threats.

==> Visit the International Institutions and Global Governance Program Portal for more CFR resources on this topic.

HEALTHY FAMILIES AND STABLE SOCIETIES

Share this new CFR Working Paper on Family Planning and U.S. Foreign Policy with your students.

CFR fellows Isobel Coleman and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argue that investment in voluntary international family planning is one of the most cost-effective ways to strengthen critical U.S. foreign policy objectives, including improving global health, promoting economic development, stabilizing fragile states, and encouraging environmental sustainability.

==> To learn more about this issue, read Dr. Coleman's blog, Democracy in Development.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS HIGHLIGHTS MAY/JUNE 2011

The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Comes Next: Published by CFR and Foreign Affairs, this book is a compilation of informative articles written on the Middle East from 1995 to 2011, and may be used as a vehicle to examine recent events in the region. An ideal resource for research and the classroom, we hope you will include this new book as part of your fall 2011 syllabi.

==> You may purchase the e-book in PDF or paperback, and on Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader, and iBooks.

Foreign Affairs Report: After Osama bin Laden: Share with your students this compilation of Foreign Affairs coverage of Osama bin Laden's death.

What to read on bin Laden and al-Qaeda: Explore this annotated syllabus by Georgetown University professor Daniel L. Byman.