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May 2013

CFR President Argues in New Book that the United States Needs to Put Its House in Order

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In Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order, CFR President Richard N. Haass calls for a new foreign policy doctrine of restoration, which would refocus America's priorities abroad and rebuild the foundations of its power at home. Dr. Haass explains why it is imperative for the United States to address its domestic challenges, such as poor infrastructure and underperforming schools, in order to maintain its influence abroad. While recognizing the significant international issues currently facing the United States, Dr. Haass asserts that the country's security and prosperity ultimately depend upon its addressing shortcomings within its own borders. Adopt this book for your class and have students write a policy memo for one of the domestic priorities Dr. Haass identifies. Read the Introduction and Order the Book >>


New CFR Book on the Future of Energy

In The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future, CFR's Michael A. Levi reviews energy choices facing the United States and discusses implications for the economy, national security, and the environment. Assessing the major energy debates, Dr. Levi urges the United States to embrace a policy of pursuing both old and new energy opportunities. Assign students to write an essay analyzing the pros and cons of one of the energy issues Dr. Levi profiles. Learn More About the Book »

A Multimedia Look at the International Finance System

The newest addition to CFR's Global Governance Monitor examines multilateral efforts to manage global finance. Through an interactive map, matrix, and timeline, students can navigate the history of the global economy. Ask students to explore this resource at home and come to class prepared to share their thoughts on the best way to prevent another financial crisis. Access the Interactive »

In the Classroom: Aylin Gurzel

Aylin Gurzel, assistant professor at Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus, participates with her graduate students in CFR's Academic Conference Call series. Students from classes in security issues, energy policy, Middle East politics, and Turkish foreign policy prepare by reading CFR and Foreign Affairs background materials, and meet outside of class to prepare questions for upcoming calls. If students do not have the opportunity to ask their question on the call, they submit them to's "Ask CFR Experts" feature. Professor Gurzel says that having the opportunity to send written questions to fellows is motivating for students, and that they are encouraged to think critically about issues when "they see that experts are taking them seriously and answering their questions in depth on the CFR website."


The Return of the "Old Lion"?

CFR's Daniel Markey analyzes the challenges former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return to power could pose to U.S.-Pakistan relations. Have students write a policy brief on the best course of action for the Obama administration to ensure a positive working relationship with the new government. Read the Expert Brief »

Expert Viewpoints on the Consequences of Pakistan's Election

In this BBC article, CFR's Daniel Markey and other leading experts discuss the implications of Sharif's victory for U.S. strategic interests in Pakistan. Discuss with students what the different predictions about Sharif's economic policies could mean for a U.S.-Pakistan partnership. Read the Viewpoints »

Crisis Guide: Pakistan

Students can go through this multimedia feature independently or in small groups to examine the roots of Pakistan's instability and better understand how the events of the recent election are influenced by the country's complex history. Explore the Crisis Guide »


A Global History of Guerilla Uprisings

In Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present, CFR's Max Boot surveys guerilla uprisings over the years. Add this book to your syllabus and lead a class discussion on what has changed and what has remained the same in nontraditional warfare. Read an Excerpt »

Visualizing Guerilla Warfare Over the Years

As a supplement to the text, the Invisible Armies Insurgency Tracker presents data on guerilla wars around the world in an interactive format. Assign students to review the tracker at home and come to class prepared to report on regional trends they identified. Search the Tracker »

The Gift of Insight: A Special Offer from Foreign Affairs

For a limited time, Foreign Affairs is offering a special discount on digital, Plus, and print subscriptions--the perfect gift for friends, colleagues, graduates, and students on the go. Save 75% on a digital subscription and provide your gift recipient with instant access to digital replicas of the print issue, the iPad app, and Subscribe Now


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

"Why American Education Fails"

Jal Mehta, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, argues for a systematic approach to improving U.S. education that draws on practices of countries with demonstrated school success, particularly in terms of investing in teachers. Discuss with colleagues the best policies to promote student achievement.

"Africa's Economic Boom"

The World Bank's Shantayanan Devarajan and Wolfgang Fengler review the optimistic and pessimistic views on Africa's economic future and argue that while both are ultimately right, there is more reason for optimism. Have students participate in a debate in which they argue that Africa is on a positive economic trajectory, or that the sustainability of its economic growth is doubtful.



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