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Resources for the Academic Community

March 2013

CFR's Benn Steil Analyzes How the Postwar Economic Order Came to Be

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In The Battle for Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, CFR Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics Benn Steil tells the fascinating story of the drama surrounding the historic 1944 conference. Dr. Steil challenges the notion that there was easy collaboration between the Americans and the British, and sheds light on the ambitious geopolitical agenda of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Treasury. Recognized as a "triumph of economic and diplomatic history" by the Financial Times, this book is an important addition to history and economics reading lists. Read an Excerpt and Order the Book >>


Is Democracy on the Decline?

In the new CFR book Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government, CFR Fellow for Southeast Asia Joshua Kurlantzick argues that democracy is being threatened in countries worldwide. Examining citizen revolts, curtailed freedom, and military coups in multiple contexts, he warns that these cases serve as indication of a worrisome trend. Add this text to your syllabus and have students write a research paper on one of the countries profiled analyzing the factors that contribute to democracy's demise. Read an Excerpt and Order the Book »

CFR's Academic Initiative is Now on Twitter!

Follow @CFR_Academic to get the latest information on upcoming events for students and educators, expert analysis from CFR fellows on a range of international relations and foreign policy issues, and new CFR resources for the classroom. Follow us on Twitter »

In the Classroom: Charles Gleek

CFR resources are making their way into the high school classroom. Charles Gleek, assistant high school principal and teacher of international baccalaureate global politics at North Broward Preparatory School in Florida, uses CFR's "Crisis Guide: Iran" and selected Foreign Affairs articles by Matthew Kroenig, Colin H. Kahl, Scott D. Sagan, and Kenneth N. Waltz to prepare students to participate in a crisis simulation. Mr. Gleek says "Crisis Guide: Iran" is "a valuable resource for students as they investigate their own questions and support their own arguments." He finds Foreign Affairs a useful classroom tool because "students don't simply read the articles; they wrestle with the authors as they consider how to prepare for a crisis simulation."


Issue Guide to Venezuela

This compilation of articles provides different viewpoints on Chavez's legacy. Pick from these selected essays to develop a lesson on what Chavez's death means for Venezuela's future. Explore the Issue Guide »

Chavez: "A Transitional Figure in Venezuelan History"

CFR's Julia E. Sweig analyzes Chavez's legacy in Latin America. Share this article with students and lead a class discussion on regional issues facing Chavez's successor. Read the Article »


Three Things to Know About the Sequester

In this brief video, Robert Kahn discusses why the sequester will not put the United States on a sustainable budget path. Assign the video for homework and have students come to class prepared to debate the pros and cons of the sequester. Watch the Video »

Debt and Defense

How might budget cuts impact national security? This Backgrounder answers key questions on the sequester and the U.S. defense budget, and provides charts and graphs on military spending. Access the Backgrounder »


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

"Generation Kill"

General Stanley McChrystal looks back on his military experiences in this special interview. Ask students to write follow-up questions for McChrystal based on this transcript.

"The Lost Logic of Deterrence"

Richard K. Betts, CFR adjunct senior fellow and director of the Saltzman Institute of War, asserts that deterrence, once the backbone of successful U.S. national security strategy, is now often misused or avoided. Use this article to discuss with students the basic principles of deterrence and its strategic benefits and drawbacks to conflict resolution.



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