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Resources for the Academic Community

February 2013

CFR Launches New Feature for Students' Questions

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"Ask CFR Experts" invites students to submit questions on a range of international affairs and foreign policy topics and receive answers from CFR fellows. CFR will highlight a question on its homepage, and all questions and answers will appear on a dedicated page. This is a unique opportunity for students to interact with CFR fellows and learn more about the issues that most interest them. Ask a Question >>


Join CFR at the International Studies Association Convention

Participate in the annual CFR Academic Initiative event at ISA in San Francisco. The luncheon discussion, "Globalization and the Democratic Deficit," will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., at the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel, Embarcadero Room, and will feature:

  • Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University;
  • Charles A. Kupchan, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; and
  • Jane M. Wales, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council of Northern California, moderating.

To register, please visit

We hope you will also visit CFR in the exhibition hall to learn more about our Academic Initiative and collect free resources. We will be located at booths 311, 313, and 315 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon, and More, Live

CFR is now live streaming on-the-record meetings, in which senior government officials, global leaders, and prominent thinkers discuss pressing international issues. Encourage students to tune in and experience a CFR meeting in real time. Educators and students may subscribe to CFR's YouTube channel for updates on upcoming meetings. CFR also maintains an archive of full-length videos of its on-the-record meetings that can be viewed in class or as homework at any time. Watch a CFR Meeting »

In the Classroom: Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, assistant professor of international relations and Middle East studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, participated with his international relations undergraduate classes in the Academic Conference Call "Syria Update" on February 6 with CFR's Robert M. Danin and Ed Husain. Students follow the Syria issue both in class and via instructor updates through online forums such as Twitter. In preparation for the call, Dr. Thompson uploaded accompanying CFR background readings onto Blackboard, and asked each student to submit a relevant question. One question was chosen from each class section for the call, and afterwards, all questions were used for small group discussions.

Listen to the "Syria Update" audio and encourage students to develop their own questions.


Immigration Reform At Last

CFR President Richard N. Haass asserts that one of the most profound consequences of President Obama's reelection may be immigration reform. Have students read this article and come to class prepared to discuss why immigration reform failed five years ago and why the outcome may be different this time. Read more »

Overview of the Debate on U.S. Immigration

Add this Backgrounder to your syllabus to present students with a comprehensive explanation of the issues surrounding U.S. immigration policy. Access the Backgrounder »

Five Big Challenges to Immigration Reform

CFR's Edward Alden blogs about five big challenges to immigration reform. Ask students to choose one issue, identify a policy solution, and write a policy memorandum that summarizes the issue and presents concrete recommendations. Go to the Renewing America Blog »


Three Things to Know About North Korea's Nuclear Test

CFR's Paul B. Stares highlights important aspects of North Korea's nuclear test and their implications for nuclear nonproliferation. Have students discuss one of the three points in small groups, then share their thoughts in a plenary discussion. Watch the Video »

Limiting the "Incalculable Costs" of a Nuclear North Korea

In this blog post, CFR's Scott A. Snyder analyzes the choices facing the international community following North Korea's nuclear tests. Ask students to post a reply with their thoughts on the best course of action for the UN Security Council. Join the Conversation »


The links below allow you special access to subscribers-only articles from Foreign Affairs.

"Own the Goals"

John W. McArthur, senior fellow at the Fung Global Institute and the UN Foundation, evaluates the success of the Millennium Development Goals and makes recommendations for the new goals that will follow in 2015. Add this essay to your syllabus and organize a class debate in which students argue for or against this approach to poverty alleviation.

"Capitalism and Inequality"

Is inequality the "inevitable result of market operations," as Jerry Z. Muller, professor of history at the Catholic University of America, argues? Assign students this essay and have them come to class prepared to share their views on the best solution to eliminate financial insecurity within a capitalist system.



About CFR

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About CFR's Academic Outreach Initiative

CFR is committed to serving as a resource for the academic community and encouraging students from all disciplines to consider how international issues shape their own lives and the lives of others across the globe. As part of these efforts, the CFR Academic Outreach Initiative provides a forum for educators and students to interact with CFR experts and join the debate on foreign policy. CFR offers a vast array of research and multimedia tools, developed by leading scholars and practitioners, for teaching and learning about international relations and the role of the United States in the world. For more information, please contact


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