Return to   |   Subscribe to the Educators Bulletin

Council on Foreign Relations Educators Bulletin
Resources for the Academic Community

September 2012

Join CFR and "Foreign Affairs" for the Third Annual Back-to-School Event

On Friday, October 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., CFR and Foreign Affairs will hold a special event at its New York headquarters for college and university professors and students teaching and studying international relations and related fields. Attendees will participate in a discussion by experts on Iran, learn about online resources from CFR's Renewing America initiative, and celebrate the winner of the Foreign Affairs Student Essay Contest, sponsored by APSIA. A reception with light refreshments will provide a unique opportunity for students to network with CFR staff and learn more about CFR's work and career paths in foreign relations.

If you or your students would like to attend, please register at


New "Foreign Affairs" eBook Outlines the History and Current Debates Around Iran's Nuclear Program

Iran and the Bomb: Solving the Persian Puzzle is a compilation of Foreign Affairs essays presenting a range of opinions by experts from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and countries. Assign the book or pick and choose essays to help students understand the issues and develop their own opinion about the best way to address Iran's nuclear threat. Read an Excerpt »

Capitalizing on the Potential of Latino Immigrant Entrepreneurs

In this new CFR report, Alexandra Starr, the Emerson fellow at the New America Foundation, argues for the U.S. government to recognize the significant economic contributions and potential of Latino immigrant entrepreneurs. Have students write a memo in support of one of the policy changes suggested by Starr for helping these entrepreneurs overcome the challenges they face. Download the Report »

In the Classroom: Timothy Crawford

Timothy Crawford, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in political science at Boston College, uses the CFR Academic Conference Call series to enhance the extracurricular side of his department's honors program. Honors students are spread out across cohorts and by intellectual foci that range from classical political theory to international political economy. Professor Crawford says, "The Academic Conference Calls are a great way to convene these students outside of class, and get them into serious dialogue on critical policy issues. The calls promote the honors students' esprit de corps, while giving them a practical venue in which to hone intellectual and professional skills."

To listen to audio of the Academic Conference Call series, visit To view the Fall series schedule, visit


Comparing the Candidates

Backgrounders provide succinct explanations of Obama's and Romney's positions on current campaign issues including the economy, energy, national security, and more. Direct students to these summaries to help them better identify the stances of the presidential contenders in Campaign 2012. Browse the Backgrounders »

CFR Experts Discuss Central Foreign Policy Topics

In these video briefs, CFR fellows review the major international issues that the winner of the U.S. presidential election will face in office. Show these clips in class and have students present their thoughts on the best course of action for managing relations with North Korea, Afghanistan, China, and others. Watch the Videos »


Resource Guide to Recent Protests

Share this annotated reading list with students to provide them with expert analysis on the causes and implications of the unrest sweeping the Muslim world. Access the Guide »

Three Things to Know about Attacks in Libya and Egypt

Assign students this video clip of CFR's Isobel Coleman and ask them to share their views on what the recent riots in Libya and Egypt might mean for the future of these two countries and their neighbors. Watch the Video »


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

"How China Sees America"

Have students write a paper on how they imagine China views the United States, and then assign them this essay by Andrew J. Nathan, professor of political science at Columbia University, and Andrew Scobell, senior political scientist at the RAND corporation. Ask students to weigh the authors' assertion that China sees the United States as seeking to limit its rise and political influence.

"The Rise of Settler Terrorism"

Daniel Byman, professor in the security studies program at Georgetown University, and Natan Sachs, fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, call on the Israeli government to address the increase in Israeli settler violence toward Palestinians. Disseminate this essay in class and follow with an op-ed writing assignment on the role of the United States in this conflict and the best course of action for Washington to pursue.



About CFR

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Founded in 1921, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.

About CFR's Academic Outreach Initiative

CFR is committed to serving as a resource for the academic community and encouraging students from all disciplines to consider how international issues shape their own lives and the lives of others across the globe. As part of these efforts, the CFR Academic Outreach Initiative provides a forum for educators and students to interact with CFR experts and join the debate on foreign policy. CFR offers a vast array of research and multimedia tools, developed by leading scholars and practitioners, for teaching and learning about international relations and the role of the United States in the world. For more information, please contact


Connect with CFR

cfr on facebook Facebook
cfr on twitter Twitter
cfr on youtube YouTube
cfr on youtube Mobile
cfr on youtube Join the conversation at»