Teaching Modules

Teaching Modules—featuring teaching notes by the authors of CFR publications—are designed to assist educators in creating or supplementing a course syllabus. The modules are customized packages built around a primary CFR text, such as a book or report, and include teaching notes; additional readings; video, audio, and transcripts of CFR meetings; Foreign Affairs articles; and other online resources. Use of these modules is free of charge. They may be used in part or in their entirety.

Teaching Notes: Why Growth Matters

In Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries, two preeminent experts on the Indian economy argue that despite myriad development strategies, only one can succeed in alleviating poverty: the overall growth of the country's economy. These teaching notes, by Jagdish Bhagwati, provide an overview of the text and discussion questions for use in the classroom.

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Teaching Notes: The Power Surge

In The Power Surge, Michael Levi takes readers inside the changes sweeping American energy to separate myth from reality and illuminate what's really happening. His book combines on-the-ground reporting, giving readers fine-grained insight into developments from fracking and shale oil to electric cars and solar power, with in-depth analysis of the consequences of these developments for economics, security, and the environment. The Power Surge introduces readers to ideas from economics, politics, international relations, and climate science helping them make sense of the historic changes that are unfolding. Levi ultimately argues for a new strategy that blends the best of old and new energy while avoiding the real dangers that each poses.

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Teaching Module: Invisible Armies

This module contains Teaching Notes by CFR Senior Fellow Max Boot with discussion questions, essay questions, activities, and additional materials for educators to supplement the use of Boot's book Invisible Armies in the classroom. In this book, Boot offers a comprehensive history of guerrilla warfare and terrorism, and relates lessons of the past to current national security policy considerations.

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Teaching Notes: No One's World

These Teaching Notes, by CFR Senior Fellow Charles A. Kupchan, feature discussion questions, essay questions, activities, and additional materials for educators to supplement the use of Dr. Kupchan's book No One's World in the classroom. In this book, Dr. 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.

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Teaching Module: Child Marriage

The following discussion questions, essay questions, in-class activities, homework assignments, and supplementary resources are designed to help educators use the "Child Marriage" InfoGuide in the classroom.

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Teaching Module: Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

Author: John Campbell

This module features Teaching Notes by author and CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell with discussion questions, essay questions, activities, and additional materials for educators to supplement the use of the updated CFR book Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink in the classroom. In this book, Ambassador Campbell examines Nigeria's postcolonial past and offers policy options for the United States to help promote political, social, and economic development.

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Teaching Notes: Foreign Policy Begins at Home

These Teaching Notes, by CFR President Richard N. Haass, feature discussion questions, essay questions, activities, and additional materials for educators to supplement the use of Dr. Haass's book Foreign Policy Begins at Home in the classroom. In this book, Dr. Haass argues that the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of the United States comes not from abroad but from within. He 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.

See more in North America; Politics and Strategy

Teaching Module: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

This module features teaching notes with discussion questions and ideas for additional projects by CFR Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, along with other resources to supplement the teaching of Ms. Lemmon's book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, in the classroom. In this book, Ms. Lemmon provides an intimate look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan through the incredible true story of a female entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. This text can be incorporated in a variety of international affairs and foreign policy courses, such as those focusing on Afghanistan, global political economy, international development, and gender studies.

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Teaching Module: The Future of NATO

Author: James M. Goldgeier

This module features teaching notes by CFR former senior fellow for transatlantic relations James M. Goldgeier, author of the Council Special Report The Future of NATO, along with other resources to supplement the text. Dr. Goldgeier discusses the relevance of NATO in a post-cold war world, and how the U.S. can benefit from collective security across the atlantic for the successful outcome of military operations in the Middle East.

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Teaching Module: The Russian Economic Crisis

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

This module features teaching notes by CFR Adjunct Fellow Jeffrey Mankoff, author of the Council Special Report The Russian Economic Crisis, along with other resources to supplement the text. Dr. Mankoff examines the domestic and foreign policy consequences of the economic downturn that hit Russia in late 2008, and how the shift in the political debate inside Russia influenced its perceptions of the outside world.

See more in Russian Federation; Financial Crises

Teaching Notes: U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

Author: Scott A. Snyder

These teaching notes, by CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Scott A. Snyder, feature discussion questions and additional projects for educators to supplement the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula. In this report, a bipartisan group of eminent leaders in the fields of defense policy, weapons of mass destruction, human rights, and academia discuss their consensus on these issues and provide a range of recommendations for U.S. policy toward North and South Korea.

See more in North Korea; South Korea; Politics and Strategy

Teaching Module: Paradise Beneath Her Feet

Author: Isobel Coleman

This module features teaching notes by CFR Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman, author of Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East, along with other resources to supplement the text. Dr. Coleman demonstrates how influential Islamic feminist thinkers are driving social change in the Middle East to create economic, political, and educational opportunities for women.

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Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati

These teaching notes, by CFR Senior Fellow Jagdish N. Bhagwati, feature discussion questions and additional projects for educators to supplement the book Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems and Policies. In this book, Professor Bhagwati and coauthor Gordon Hanson examine the causes and consequences of the international migration of skilled workers with a particular emphasis on the policy challenges confronting the governments in sending and receiving countries.

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Teaching Module: Between Threats and War

Author: Micah Zenko

Featuring teaching notes by CFR Fellow Micah Zenko, author of the CFR book Between Threats and War: Discrete Military Operations in the Post-Cold War World, this teaching module includes additional resources to supplement the teaching of the text in the classroom. In this book, Dr. Zenko examines thirty-six discrete military operations carried out by the United States and evaluates U.S. policy choices, recommending ways in which limited military force may be applied in the future.

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Teaching Module: More Money Than God

Author: Sebastian Mallaby

Featuring teaching notes by CFR Senior Fellow Sebastian Mallaby, author of the CFR book More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite, this teaching module includes additional resources to supplement the teaching of the text in the classroom. In this book, Mr. Mallaby gives an insider's view on the origin and evolution of hedge funds in the broader context of the history of modern finance through extensive research and numerous case studies.

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Author: Edward Alden

Featuring teaching notes by Edward Alden, director of this CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy, this teaching module includes additional resources to supplement the teaching of the text in the classroom. This report warns that the failure to reform dysfunctional immigration laws and procedures threatens to harm the U.S. economy, complicate diplomacy, and weaken national security. It argues that maintaining America's political and economic leadership depends on attracting talented and hard-working immigrants and on securing the country's borders in a smart, effective, and humane way.

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Teaching Module: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

Author: Charles D. Ferguson

This module features teaching notes by Charles D. Ferguson, director of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy, along with other resources to supplement the text. This report emphasizes that states have the right to pursue peaceful nuclear energy, contingent on adhering to the highest standards of safety, security, and safeguards, and the responsibility to pursue nuclear disarmament and a treaty on general and complete disarmament.

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Teaching Module: War of Necessity, War of Choice

Author: Richard N. Haass

This module features teaching notes by CFR President Richard N. Haass, author of War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars, along with other resources to supplement the text. In this CFR Book, Dr. Haass contrasts the decisions that shaped the conduct of two wars between the United States and Iraq, and writes an authoritative, personal account of how U.S. foreign policy is made. The preface to the paperback edition assesses not only Iraq but also the war in Afghanistan and a potential conflict with Iran.

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