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Teaching Notes

Teaching Notes, by CFR fellows and other experts, feature discussion questions, classroom activities, essay prompts, and supplemental readings. Built around CFR resources and general foreign policy topics, Teaching Notes are designed to assist professors and teachers in developing course syllabi and curricula. Use of these notes is free of charge.

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The Eastern Congo

The eastern Congo has been ravaged by foreign invasions and homegrown rebellions that have killed and displaced millions. A fragile peace process seeks to bring stability to central Africa, but its hard-won gains remain at risk.


Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy

In Red Team, CFR Senior Fellow Micah Zenko provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day devil's advocates.

The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Scott A. Snyder and coauthor Brad Glosserman investigate the roots of fractured relations between Japan and South Korea and their ongoing threat to the region and the world. Teaching notes by the author.

Time of the Kurds

Upheaval in the Middle East presents both challenges and opportunities for the 30 million Kurds living in the region. The newest InfoGuide outlines these dynamics, their historical underpinnings, and how they could reshape the Middle East.

The Taliban

The Taliban has outlasted the world’s most potent military forces, and its two main factions now challenge the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. As U.S. troops draw down, the next phase of conflict has consequences that extend far beyond the region.

The Sunni-Shia Divide

Sectarian conflict is becoming entrenched in some Muslim countries and is threatening to fracture Iraq and Syria. This interactive InfoGuide—which includes videos, infographics, maps, and timelines—explains how tensions between Sunnis and Shias could reshape the future Middle East.

What to Do About Russia and Ukraine

Three experts join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and its implications for U.S. foreign policy in this video of a mock high-level U.S. government meeting.

What to Do About Syria

Three experts join CFR President Richard N. Haass to outline the courses of action available to the United States and debate whether U.S. intervention in Syria would be desirable or effective in this video of a mock high-level U.S. government meeting.

Foreign Policy Begins at Home

In this book, CFR President Richard N. Haass puts forward a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration, in which the United States limits its engagement in wars of choice and humanitarian interventions abroad and focuses on restoring the foundations of its power at home. Teaching notes by the author.

Why Growth Matters

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Jagdish N. Bhagwati and coauthor Arvind Panagriya argue that despite myriad development strategies, only one can succeed in alleviating poverty in India: the overall growth of the country's economy. Teaching notes by Professor Bhagwati.