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Resources for the Academic Community

September 2013

Join CFR for the Fourth Annual Back-to-School Event

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Students at the 2012 Back-to-School Event interact with experts in a debate on Iran


On Friday, October 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., CFR will hold a special event at its New York headquarters for college and university professors and students teaching and studying international relations and related fields. Attendees will participate in a discussion entitled "The Chinese Dream: At Home and Abroad," moderated by Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose and featuring CFR experts Elizabeth C. Economy and Adam Segal; learn about CFR's newest resource, InfoGuides; and explore the first InfoGuide in the series, "China's Maritime Disputes." A reception with light refreshments will provide a unique opportunity for students to network with CFR staff and learn more about CFR's work and career paths in foreign relations.

If you or your students would like to attend in person, please register at You may also watch the event live at


"Foreign Affairs" Unveils Essay Collection On Anniversary of "Clash of Civilizations"

In his seminal piece "The Clash of Civilizations?," Samuel Huntington boldly argued that the driving forces of future conflicts would be cultural, sparking an intellectual debate that continues today. To celebrate the essay's twentieth anniversary, Foreign Affairs has released an ebook including Huntington's original article, the praise and criticism it received, and a special introduction by Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose. The different viewpoints represented in this volume help students reflect critically on the discussion Huntington inspired. Add this collection to your syllabus and have students write their own response to Huntington's piece. Purchase the Ebook »

What to Read on Syria

This compilation of resources on the ongoing conflict in Syria includes in-depth analysis from CFR experts, Foreign Affairs articles, and essential background on the issue. Draw from this annotated guide to assign readings for students in preparation for a class discussion on the pros and cons of the plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons. Browse the Guide »

In the Classroom: Thierno Thiam

Thierno Thiam, assistant professor at Tuskegee University, uses CFR President Richard N. Haass's book Foreign Policy Begins at Home in his international relations course. This course addresses both the theoretical approaches to and practice of international relations. Students use the text as a basis to critically examine the domestic foundations of foreign policy, using the United States as a case study. Dr. Thiam says that he chose this book "to drive home the idea that foreign policy may not be all that foreign."


Should the United States Mind Its Own Business?

CFR's James M. Lindsay presents polling data that reveals a lack of U.S. public support for foreign policy activism, and explains why this "is not a passing fad." Have students respond to the blog post and share their opinions regarding the U.S. role in international conflicts, as well as their thoughts on what has shaped this perspective. Join the Conversation »

International Law and Intervention

In this report, CFR's Matthew C. Waxman discusses the risks of putting decisions about international intervention solely in the hands of the UN Security Council. Assign students this report and have them write essays arguing in favor of the current system or proposing an alternative. Download the Report »

The G20 Summit

Setting the Stage for Success

Prior to the September G20 summit, CFR's Stewart M. Patrick outlined four priorities for leaders. Discuss with students whether they agree with these priorities and ask them to evaluate the success of the meeting. Read the Blog Post »

Primary Source: G20 Leaders' Declaration

Share with students the declaration from the G20 meeting on September 5 and 6, and have them assess the potential for the St. Petersburg Action Plan to promote economic growth. Access the Declaration »

Watch World Leaders at CFR

As world leaders come to CFR during UN General Assembly week, watch the on-the-record meetings in real time at


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

"Helping Congo Help Itself"

Jason Stearns, director of the Usalama Project, explains why international efforts to address the protracted conflict in the Congo have failed, and suggests more effective uses of aid money in support of good governance and new peace processes. Add this article to your syllabus and discuss with students whether and how multilateral donors should be involved in mitigating this conflict.

"Africa's Turn: A Conversation with Macky Sall"

Senegal President Macky Sall shares his thoughts on democracy, development, corruption and more. Direct students to this interview and ask them to think of additional or follow-up questions they would like to ask President Sall.



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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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