Educators

March 4, 2008

In this issue:

BOOK: THE FALL AND RISE OF THE ISLAMIC STATE

The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

Author: Noah Feldman, Adjunct Senior Fellow, CFR

In this penetrating book, Noah Feldman examines the sweeping history of the traditional Islamic constitution--its noble beginnings, its downfall, and the renewed promise it could hold for Muslims and Westerners alike.

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TIMELINE: U.S.-PAKISTAN RELATIONS

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

This interactive, multimedia timeline gives students the opportunity to explore the history of U.S.-Pakistan relations using photographs, descriptions of key events, and links to additional resources.

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ONLINE DEBATE: WHO SHOULD LEAD POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION?

Who Should Lead Post-Conflict Reconstruction?

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, Craig Cohen of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Col. Garland H. Williams of the Army Management Staff College discuss who should lead the United States’ post-conflict reconstruction efforts--the military or civilians.

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BACKGROUNDER: U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS

U.S.-Cuba Relations

Fidel Castro resigned in February 2008, after forty-nine years as Cuba's leader. Experts caution that any changes within Cuba will come slowly, and do not anticipate major shifts in U.S. policy until a new U.S. president takes office in 2009. This backgrounder provides an overview of U.S.-Cuba relations, explaining the current status and the prospects for the future in a succinct question-and-answer format.

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ACADEMIC CONFERENCE CALL SERIES

The Council on Foreign Relations invites you and your students to participate in its 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 educators@cfr.org.


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