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Resources for the Academic Community

May 2012

Supplement Your Fall 2012 Syllabus with a New CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force Report on U.S.-Turkey Partnership

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In U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership, the bipartisan Task Force argues that Turkey is an increasingly influential regional and economic power, and calls for the United States and Turkey to forge a new strategic relationship. The report analyzes Turkey's international and domestic issues, including its role within NATO and its political and social development. Assign this report to help students better understand Turkey's evolving global position and think critically about the best way for the United States and Turkey to work together on challenges facing a changing Middle East. Download the Report


Supporting Entrepreneurship in Postconflict Contexts

In this new Working Paper, CFR's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon asserts that promoting economic development by investing in entrepreneurs is essential for stability and security in conflict and postconflict zones. For a class on international development, economics, business, postconflict/conflict studies, or related topics, assign this report and have students write a policy memo that supports one of the recommendations. Access the Working Paper »

"A Crisis for the Rich, Emerging, and Poor Worlds Alike"

In this new Policy Innovation Memorandum, CFR's Laurie Garrett warns that outdated, faulty regulation and distribution systems threaten the public's access to safe, reliable medicines and vaccines around the world. Share this resource with your students and have them role-play a G20 meeting where they discuss the best steps to take for combating this growing public health concern. Read the Memorandum »

In the Classroom: Jason Enia

Jason Enia, assistant professor of political science at Sam Houston State University, uses CFR's Crisis Guides on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran for a course on conflict and terrorism. Professor Enia dedicates classes to exploring case studies, using the Crisis Guides to analyze theories in specific contexts. Professor Enia says that the Crisis Guides help structure case study discussions, and provide "a nice blend of introducing relevant historical facts and introducing key points of tension."


A Primer on Military Force

Build your fall 2012 syllabus using this comprehensive reading list of resources on military force compiled by CFR's Micah Zenko. Disseminate this list to students to provide direction for research projects, and use the rest of the blog post to help them analyze how, why, and when the United States chooses to employ military force. Access the Primer »

Understanding Armed Conflict

With a range of up-to-date materials, including video, an issue brief, and clickable maps and matrices, this multimedia resource allows students to explore major issues in preventing armed conflict in an interactive, self-paced way. Students can go through the Global Governance Monitor in small groups, pairs, or independently, and prepare a class presentation on a subject of their choice. Explore the Monitor »


The Global Future of Twenty-First Century Graduates

Share with students advice from CFR President Richard N. Haass on how they can best develop the knowledge and skills to meet the opportunities of a complex, globalized world that "will matter as never before." Read the Speech Excerpt »

2012 Graduates: You'll Live Long, Now Prosper

CFR's Michael Hodin challenges today's graduates to think about how they can contribute socially and economically throughout their lives. Discuss with students how they can heed his call to rethink traditional concepts of aging, and approach education as a lifelong goal.
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"Talking Tough to Pakistan" and "Tough Talk is Cheap"

In "Talking Tough to Pakistan," Stephen D. Krasner, professor of international relations at Stanford University, argues that the United States needs to threaten Pakistan with ending all aid in order to secure its cooperation. In "Tough Talk is Cheap," Alexander Evans, senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, refutes Krasner's claims, asserting that it is not in the United States' best interest to risk a falling-out with Pakistan that could jeopardize U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. Assign these two essays together and organize a mock debate in which students side with either Krasner or Evans.



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