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

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. Teaching notes by Jagdish Bhagwati.

See more in India; Development

Teaching Notes: The Emerging Arctic

The northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping. But debate is mounting over 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.

See more in Arctic; Trade

Teaching Notes: 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.

See more in United States; Globalization

Teaching Module: Child Marriage

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not only violates human rights laws but also threatens stability and economic development.

See more in Asia and Pacific; Children; Women

Teaching Notes: Foreign Policy Begins at Home

In this book, CFR President Richard N. 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. Teaching notes by the author.

See more in North America; Politics and Strategy

Teaching Module: China's Maritime Disputes

The East and South China Seas are the scene of escalating territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The tensions, shaped by China's growing assertiveness, have fueled concerns over armed conflict and raised questions about Washington's security commitments in its strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.

See more in China; Regional Security

Teaching Module: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

In this book, CFR Fellow Gayle Tzemach 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. Teaching notes by the author.

See more in Afghanistan; Women

Teaching Module: The Future of NATO

Author: James M. Goldgeier

In this Council Special Report, CFR former senior fellow for transatlantic relations James M. 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. Teaching notes by the author.

See more in NATO; Europe

Teaching Module: The Russian Economic Crisis

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

CFR Adjunct Fellow Jeffrey 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. Teaching notes by the author.

See more in Russian Federation; Financial Crises

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Jagdish N. 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. Teaching notes by Professor Bhagwati.

See more in United States; Immigration

Author: Edward Alden

This CFR Independent Task Force 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. Teaching notes by Edward Alden, CFR senior fellow and director of the task force.

See more in United States; Immigration

Teaching Module: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

Author: Charles D. Ferguson

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. Teaching notes by Charles D. Ferguson, director of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report.

See more in Proliferation; United States