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December 19, 2011

The Global Hot Spots of 2012

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Will Kenya experience a resurgence of violence during the 2012 elections? Is an armed confrontation over territorial claims in the South China Sea a strong possibility? Will an increase in drug trafficking violence in Mexico soon spill over into the United States?

"Preventive Priorities Survey: 2012" lists and ranks global threats in the coming year. Use this survey in your class to review areas of plausible instability, analyze their urgency and importance to U.S. national interests, and involve students in a stimulating discussion on how the United States should prioritize these risks. View the survey.


Bring Campaign 2012 to the Classroom

Show CFR's campaign videos in class to expose students to the foreign policy issues being debated in the run-up to the presidential elections. In "Arab Revolutions," Steven A. Cook discusses how the next U.S. president will face unprecedented change in the Middle East. Watch the Video »

Who's Who at CFR

From defense to democracy and Moscow to Monrovia, CFR's seventy-five scholars and foreign policy practitioners analyze the world's regions and major global issues. Explore this printable guide to learn about experts whose publications would be relevant to your syllabus. Download the Guide »

In the Classroom: National Forensic League

Cherian Koshy, assistant director for the National Speech & Debate Tournament, reports significant use of CFR resources. The 20,000 high school students who participate in the International Extemporaneous Speaking event draw from CFR's issue briefs, publications, and online content while preparing for the competition, and frequently reference CFR in their speeches. Furthermore, event leaders often base their questions on CFR's analysis.

Organize a speech competition in your classroom with resources from


Crisis Guide: The Global Economy

CFR's Emmy award-winning multimedia interactive draws on insights from leading thinkers on international affairs and economics to provide an in-depth look at the causes, consequences, and policy implications of the global economic crisis. Explore the Crisis Guide »

Meltdown in the Eurozone

Disseminate this CFR Backgrounder in your class to help students understand the triggers, implications, and future of the eurozone debt disaster. Read the Backgrounder »

Europe's New Fiscal Union: Vital Step or Failure?

Draw from the debates surrounding the EU Council summit in Brussels presented in this Analysis Brief to engage students in a critical discussion of Europe's new financial agreement. Read the Brief »


Blog Spotlight: Reflecting on Durban

Assign students Michael Levi's recent blog posts analyzing the outcomes of the climate change meetings in Durban, South Africa, and encourage them to respond to his commentary. Join the Conversation »

One of the World's Most Significant Threats

Share CFR's updated "Global Governance Monitor: Climate Change" with students. This interactive appeals to a range of learning styles with materials such as a video, timeline, map, and clickable matrices that can be used for group and independent study. View the Monitor »


"Manufacturing Globalization"

Is globalization responsible for rising inequality and unemployment in the United States? Or is the "primary culprit...[the United States'] political and social conditions at home?" Encourage students to read and assess the debates on globalization presented in this article by Richard Katz, Robert Lawrence, and Michael Spence.

"The Failure of the Euro"

Get a sneak peek at an article from the Foreign Affairs special anniversary issue. Learn why Martin Feldstein, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, believes the euro has failed, and why this failure was an "inevitable consequence."



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