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August 2013

CFR Scorecard Highlights Shortcomings of U.S. Education

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CFR's Renewing America initiative has produced a scorecard on the worldwide ranking of the U.S. education system with clear infographics that illustrate how the country fares when compared internationally in terms of educational attainment, test scores, and more. The accompanying report discusses how inequitable distribution of resources is contributing to a widening achievement gap between socioeconomic levels. Upload the scorecard to your course website, and lead a class discussion on the federal policies that would improve the U.S. education system and help maintain the country's competitive edge. Access the Report and Scorecard >>


Strategies for Replicating India’s Growth in Other Countries Discussed in New CFR Book

CFR's Jagdish Bhagwati and Columbia University Professor Arvind Panagariya argue that economic growth is the most effective strategy for poverty reduction. In Why Growth Matters, they explain how successful market-based policies led to a significant decrease in the proportion of the population below the poverty line in India. The authors claim that similar policies can be applied to other countries with development needs. Have students select a developing country and write a policy brief for poverty reduction, drawing from the book's analysis to identify the best approach. Read an Excerpt and Order the Book »

New CFR Newsletter on Global Economic Issues

In this monthly report, CFR's Robert Kahn analyzes major developments in macroeconomic policy and financial markets, on topics ranging from growth and reform in China to debt and austerity in Europe. Stay up to date on major economic issues by having the report delivered directly to your inbox on a monthly basis, or read it online. Subscribe to the Newsletter and Read the August Report »

In the Classroom: Gregory Moore

Gregory Moore, professor of history and political science at Notre Dame College, uses a variety of CFR resources. Dr. Moore includes CFR articles as required readings in his online graduate course on geopolitics, updating them regularly. He says that CFR's
"wide variety of articles and readings enable me to keep the class materials fresh and current, while providing students with additional research sources." For his undergraduate course on the history of American foreign policy, Dr. Moore utilizes CFR's print and multimedia resources as the basis for class discussions by incorporating materials into presentations or on the learning management system for discussion forum topics. He finds that combining these materials with historical pieces helps students to "make connections between past and present foreign policy challenges while becoming increasingly familiar with current global issues."


Three Things to Know about Israel-Palestine Negotiations

CFR's Robert Danin highlights the challenges facing both parties in the current round of peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Show the video in class and have students discuss solutions for the obstacles in the negotiations. Watch the Video »

"The Unsettled Question"

In this op-ed, CFR's Elliott Abrams discusses how the debate over West Bank settlements is further complicated by disputes about population numbers and growth rates. Analyze with your class why these demographic facts are significant to the settlement conflict. Go to the Article »


A Call for an Open and Secure Internet

This CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force warns of increasing threats to the security of the Internet, and urges the United States to support Internet safety, innovation, growth, and the free flow of information. Add this report to your syllabus and have students write a memorandum identifying the best counterespionage strategy. Download the Task Force Report »

Primary Source on International Law and Cyber Warfare

This March 2013 report was released by a panel of independent experts at the request of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence to "apply standards of international law to a virtual battlefield." Assign the report for homework and have students come to class prepared to discuss its conclusions. Read the Report »

Call for Applications: 2014–2015 International Affairs Fellowship Programs

The Council on Foreign Relations is seeking applicants for the 2014–2015 International Affairs Fellowship Programs: the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF), the IAF in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., and the IAF in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation. Program details, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines can be found online at


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

"Why Drones Work" and "Why Drones Fail"

Daniel Byman, professor at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, asserts that drones are an effective, comparatively low-risk approach to counterterrorism. Audrey Kurth Cronin, professor of public policy at George Mason University, outlines the reasons why drones will not meet U.S. counterterrorism goals and why making drones the centerpiece of U.S. counterterrorism is a mistake. Assign these two articles and organize a class debate around the best counterterrorism strategy for the United States to pursue.



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