Academic Bulletin

January 11, 2008

In this issue:

CFR IN 2008

Dear Educator:

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy New Year and success in the upcoming semester. In this issue of the Educators Bulletin, we've highlighted new materials to add to your teaching toolbox. From CFR's new Policy Options Paper series, to online debates and multimedia offerings, it is our hope that CFR's resources will help you connect students to the most pressing foreign policy issues. I also invite you to participate in CFR's Academic Conference Call series. Please see below for details and, as always, visit for the full line of academic materials from CFR.

Best regards,

Irina A. Faskianos
Vice President, National Program & Outreach


Policy Options Paper: Pakistan

In this paper, the first of a new CFR publication type called the Policy Options Paper, CFR senior fellow Daniel Markey poses recommendations for the United States to consider in response to Pakistan's ongoing political crisis -- in particular, what position the Bush administration should take with regard to the country's upcoming national elections. Download the full text of the paper here.

-->VIDEO: Watch Benazir Bhutto at the Council on Foreign Relations on August 15, 2007.


Should the United States Recognize Kosovo?

Online debates are lively week-long exchanges between two experts, making them an ideal tool for exposing students to differing viewpoints on a foreign policy topic. In this installment, Marshall F. Harris and Alan J. Kuperman discuss whether the United States should recognize Kosovo as an independent state if the current Serbian province declares independence. Click here to read the debate.

-->For the full list of online debates, click here.


Multimedia Symposium Archive: The Future of Conflict Prevention

A recent symposium, sponsored by the CFR Center for Preventive Action, assessed what the United States, the UN, and the international community have and have not accomplished in conflict prevention theory and practice over the last decade, and identified new challenges and requirements for successful preventive action.

To read the summary report, watch video, listen to audio, and view transcripts of symposium sessions, click here.


The Council on Foreign Relations invites you and your students to participate in our biweekly Academic Conference Call series. Each call features a short presentation by a CFR fellow, expert, or Foreign Affairs author, followed by a question-and-answer session for students.  In order to encourage an interactive dialogue, we ask that professors convene students in a group to participate.  For more information or to RSVP, please email

The Costs of Containing Iran

Thursday, January 17, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR; Author, "The Costs of Containing Iran," Foreign Affairs, January/February 2008

Defending Against Nuclear Terrorism

Thursday, January 31, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Michael A. Levi, Fellow for Science and Technology and Director, Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, CFR; Author, On Nuclear Terrorism

Climate Change and National Security

Thursday, February 14, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Joshua W. Busby, Assistant Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; Author, Climate Change and National Security: An Agenda for Action

Russia, Putin, and Authoritarianism

Thursday, February 28, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Michael A. McFaul, Director, Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, Stanford University; Author, "The Myth of the Authoritarian Model," Foreign Affairs, January/February 2008

Stability Operations and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Thursday, March 20, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Amy B. Frumin, International Affairs Fellow, CFR

Update on the Global Economy

Thursday, April 10, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Sebastian Mallaby, Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, and Deputy Director of Studies, CFR

Foreign Affairs Author

Thursday, April 24, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: TBD