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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 Emerging Arctic

This interactive InfoGuide—which includes videos, infographics, maps, and timelines—explores whether the Arctic can be developed sustainably and peaceably. Teaching notes by Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

What to Do About Tensions in Asia

Three experts join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss what actions the United States can take to ensure stability between China and its neighbors in this video of a mock high-level U.S. government meeting.

Child Marriage

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. This interactive InfoGuide—which includes videos, infographics, maps, and timelines—examines the threat that child marriage poses both to the prosperity and stability of the countries in which it is prevalent and to U.S. development and foreign policy interests.

No Exit from Pakistan

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Daniel S. Markey tells the story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and explains how Washington can prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. Teaching notes by the author.

Invisible Armies

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Max Boot offers a comprehensive history of guerrilla warfare and terrorism, and relates lessons of the past to current national security policy considerations. Teaching notes by the author.

China's Maritime Disputes

The East and South China Seas are the scene of escalating territorial disputes between China and its neighbors. This interactive InfoGuide—which includes videos, infographics, maps, and timelines—explains how the tensions have fueled concerns over armed conflict and led to questions about Washington's security commitments in its strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.

The Battle of Bretton Woods

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil challenges the notion that Bretton Woods was the product of an amiable Anglo-American collaboration, and explains that it was in reality part of a much more ambitious geopolitical agenda aimed at eliminating Great Britain as an economic and political rival. Teaching notes by the author.

No One's World

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Charles A. Kupchan argues that the world is on the cusp of a redistribution of power in which no single state or region will dominate—or govern—the international scene. Teaching notes by the author.

Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell examines Nigeria's postcolonial past and offers policy options for the United States to help promote political, social, and economic development. Teaching notes by the author.

Two Nations Indivisible

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Shannon K. O'Neil explains that beyond the narrative of violence that dominates the headlines is a more hopeful Mexico with a globally competitive economy, a rising middle class, and increasingly influential pro-democracy voters—a country the United States should see as a partner, not a problem. Teaching notes by the author.