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October 7, 2011

Back to School Event

CFR’s annual Back to School Event will be held on Friday, October 21, from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join us for the launch of CFR’s Crisis Guide: Iran, an interactive panel discussion with regional experts and CFR staff, and the announcement of the second annual Foreign Affairs student essay contest. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about CFR’s work, as well as career and internship opportunities. If you would like to attend, please email Special thanks to the Carnegie Corporation of New York and APSIA for their generous sponsorship of the crisis guide and student essay contest.


Crisis Guide: Iran

CFR's latest interactive feature provides an exploration of Iran, its regional ambitions and nuclear program, and possible policy options in dealing with the country. Like all crisis guides, this resource raises the understanding of a complex foreign policy issue through online teaching and storytelling tools including video narrative, interactive maps and timelines, and stunning photography.

View the interactive.

The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square

In his newest book, CFR Senior Fellow Steven A. Cook explains how the current state of affairs in Egypt came to be, why the revolution occurred, and where Egypt might be headed next. This book incisively chronicles all of the nation's central historical episodes, culminating in the demonstrations that convulsed Tahrir Square and overthrew an entrenched regime.

Read more about this book.

In the Classroom

Jeanne T. Meadows, director of the International Affairs Center and associate professor of political science at Spelman College, is using CFR’s Academic Conference Call series as part of the requirements for her senior seminar class this semester.

For the complete line-up of the Fall Academic Conference Call series, visit


Resetting U.S. Policy Toward Yemen

Yemen is experiencing serious political turmoil after more than three decades of President Ali Abdullah Salih’s autocratic rule. To help stabilize Yemen, Princeton University's Gregory Johnsen argues that the United States must broaden its policy toward the country beyond counterterrorism efforts. Read more »

The Arab Street

On his new blog, CFR Senior Fellow Ed Husain examines politics, society, and radicalism in the greater Middle East. Read more »


Managing Instability on China’s Periphery

In this Center for Preventive Action memoranda series, CFR scholars provide policy options for preventing a major crisis and mitigating the consequences in the territories immediately adjacent to China: North Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Central Asia. Read more »

The United States and India: A Shared Strategic Future

CFR and Aspen Institute India recently cosponsored a U.S.-India Joint Study Group to identify the shared national interests that motivate the United States and India. Read more »


Connect your students with Foreign Affairs!

"Will Oil Drown the Arab Spring?"

To prevent the “resource curse” from dashing the hopes of the Arab Spring, University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Michael L. Ross argues that Washington should push for more transparent oil markets--and curb its own oil addiction.

"Afghanistan's Ethnic Puzzle: Decentralizing Power Before the U.S. Withdrawal"

Boston University Professor Thomas Barfield discusses why the United States should de-emphasize Afghanistan’s ethnic fault lines and push for more devolved and inclusive governance.



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