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Resources for the Academic Community

February 27, 2012

The U.S.–South Korea Alliance

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This new volume of collected essays, edited by CFR's Korea expert Scott A. Snyder, provides students with a range of viewpoints on relations between the United States and South Korea. The book explores the possibility of collaboration between the two countries on counterterrorism, maritime security, postconflict stabilization and reconstruction, nonproliferation, and climate change, among others. In each chapter, experts consider the capacities for and challenges to cooperation. These essays help students think critically about why a U.S.-South Korea partnership is essential to ensure global stability. Order the Book


Leading Foreign Policy Issues in Campaign 2012

From immigration to Iran, CFR's newest blog, The Candidates and the World, provides nonpartisan analysis on foreign policy and national security issues of central concern in the 2012 presidential race. Students can access succinct explanations of the candidates' positions on a variety of issues; daily posts on the campaign trails; video primers by CFR scholars; and more. Visit the Blog »

Saudi Arabia's Stability

Supplement your syllabus with the latest Council Special Report, Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East, by F. Gregory Gause III. Have your students explore Gause's analysis of Saudi Arabia's present state of stability, potential sources of future unrest, and U.S.-Saudi relations. Download the Report »

In the Classroom: Raj Bhala

Raj Bhala, associate dean for international and comparative law and Rice distinguished professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, has included the Council Special Report, Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East, as required reading for his advanced international trade law class. Professor Bhala asks his students to assess the report's recommendations for how the United States should advance its relationship with Saudi Arabia, and consider the implications for the world trading system and regional trade integration and development in the Middle East.


Intervening in Syria: CFR Experts Weigh In on If, Why, When, and How

As violence rages in Syria, the debate in the international community on how to respond continues. Instruct students to read the diverse views presented by four CFR Middle East experts, and to consider which view they find most compelling and why. Join the Debate »

Syria's Deepening Crisis

Disseminate this CFR Analysis Brief in class to provide students fundamental background information and insight on the current crisis in Syria and policy options going forward. Access the Analysis Brief »


Blog Spotlight: Renewing America

As a complement to CFR's election coverage, use CFR's Renewing America blog to promote dialogue in your class around domestic and international policy on issues—such as immigration, energy, trade, and infrastructure—that have significant consequences for U.S. economic stability and national security. Join the Conversation »

A Call for Chinese Investment in the United States

Share this Policy Innovation Memorandum with students to help them understand the rationale for promoting Chinese investment in the United States. Have students supplement the report's recommendations with their own analysis. Download the Report »

Economic Growth and the Challenge of Stability

Assign students this op-ed by CFR's Michael A. Spence, where he states that it is critical to adapt our economic growth model to account for sustainability. Engage students in a class discussion over Spence's assertion that achieving sustainability must be a bottom-up process. Read the Op-Ed »


"Clear and Present Safety"

Straight from the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs, CFR's Micah Zenko and the Century Foundation's Michael A. Cohen argue that foreign threats are greatly exaggerated and today's world is remarkably secure. Encourage students to agree or disagree with these claims in a class debate or persuasive essay.

"The Iraq We Left Behind"

Include this piece by CFR's Ned Parker in your syllabus to help students understand why Iraq is in a "slow slide towards chaos"—and what Washington could do to prevent this.



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