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Resources for the Academic Community

March 2014

Join CFR at the International Studies Association Convention

Attend the CFR Academic Initiative Event and visit the CFR and Foreign Affairs booths.

We invite you to attend the annual CFR Academic Initiative event at ISA in Toronto. The luncheon discussion on "The Future of Energy: International Security, Economics, and Climate" will take place on Thursday, March 27, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, Trinity Ballroom, and will feature:

  • Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Director of the CFR Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, co-author with Elizabeth Economy of By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World, and author of The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future.
  • Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and author of Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, Understanding International Conflicts (7th edition), The Power Game: A Washington Novel, and The Powers to Lead.

There is no charge for the event. To register, please visit

We hope you will also visit CFR and Foreign Affairs in the exhibition hall to learn more about our Academic Initiative and browse and collect free publications. We will be located at booths 309 and 311 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.


By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World

Elizabeth E. Economy
Michael A. Levi
Oxford University Press: $27.95 hardcover
ISBN 978-0-19992-178-2

By All Means Necessary provides a comprehensive account of where China's pursuit of raw materials may take the country in the coming years and what the consequences will be—not just for China, but for the whole world.

Read more about By All Means Necessary »

This month we are featuring two of our most popular online resources: The Global Governance Monitor and the Global Conflict Tracker. These interactive tools provide data, graphics, and concise texts on worldwide collaborative efforts and potential foreign policy scenarios.

Global Governance Monitor (GGM)

The Global Governance Monitor tracks global cooperation and offers policy options for improving the world's capacity to tackle challenges of global importance. The newly redesigned GGM currently features an updated module on Armed Conflict. Explore the Global Governance Monitor »

Global Conflict Tracker

The Center for Preventive Action's Global Conflict Tracker is an interactive guide to U.S. conflict prevention priorities in 2014. It is based on the most recent Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS), which asked government officials, foreign policy experts, and academics to assess ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood to occur in 2014 and their potential impact on U.S. interests. Explore the Global Conflict Tracker »

In the Classroom: Joe Cerami

The Academic Conference Calls are important updates for my personal research as well as for my graduate courses in National Security Policy and Leadership in International Affairs. I am able to listen to them and inform my seminar of the latest CFR research—and provide the students the links to audio podcasts. The student research tools are also important for our Master's Program in International Affairs. For instance, I have passed the CFR Global Conflict Tracker on to our National Security Students, as well as the new Texas A&M University Conflict and Development Center. No other think tank provides these kinds of "real time" online assets.

- Joe Cerami, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Public Service Leadership Program, The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University


Iran and the Bomb 2: A New Hope

Assign this Foreign Affairs eBook (PDF, Kindle, Nook, Google Play: $8.95), which pulls together a range of pieces on Iran's controversial nuclear program, to stimulate classroom discussion. Read the Introduction to Iran and the Bomb 2 »

Crisis Guide: Iran

Crisis Guide: Iran traces Iran's history, its evolution as an Islamic Republic, and the controversial nuclear program. Use the resources in the classroom to spark discussion. Explore the Crisis Guide: Iran »

Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Agreement

Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Agreement includes interviews, articles, CFR Backgrounders, and more to provide information and analysis. Explore the Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Agreement »

NEW! The CFR Book Page

For links to websites that regularly feature book reviews, recommended reading lists, book prizes, and directories of free online and recently released books, visit the CFR International Affairs Book Reviews and Recommendations page.



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

"Eastern Europe Goes South" and "No One Wins in Ukraine"

In "Eastern Europe Goes South," Jan-Werner Muller explores the democratic transformations in countries before and after joining the European Union; while in "No One Wins in Ukraine," Annabelle Chapman looks at the opposition figures vying for leadership of Ukraine following the ousting of Viktor Yanukovych.

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