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November 2012

New CFR Timeline: Leaders Facing Justice

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From the Nuremberg Trials to Hosni Mubarak's trial, this interactive traces the enforcement of justice worldwide. Suitable for classroom use or independent research, the timeline provides an overview of international leaders brought to trial for genocide, corruption, and other crimes against humanity. Supplement your syllabus with this interactive perspective on the history of the rule of law. Access the Timeline >>


New CFR Report on South Korea as a Global Security Leader

This new report, by CFR's Scott A. Snyder, explores South Korea's emergence as a new and leading authority in global security. Through increased participation in peacekeeping, antipiracy, and counterproliferation, South Korea is now considered a producer of global security resources, rather than a consumer. Assign students this working paper and ask them to analyze how South Korea's economic growth has contributed to the country's global security status. Download the Report »

New CFR Working Paper on Democratic Internationalism

Daniel Deudney, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, and G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, trace the history of liberal internationalism and conclude that present U.S. foreign policy is not designed to address the changing global landscape. The authors argue that the United States should reestablish its role as the global leader of democracy through the "pull of success rather than the push of power." Assign students this paper and ask them to juxtapose two events in U.S. history that demonstrate the success and failure of U.S. foreign policy. Read the Working Paper »

In the Classroom: Tina Zappile

Tina Zappile, assistant professor at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, is incorporating the academic module "Between Threats and War" into her undergraduate course on international order. In class, students listen to interviews and podcasts on military operations, targeted killings, and the use of drones, and outside the classroom, students review assigned selected articles. Students use CFR material to examine how these strategies align with current international law. "Between Threats and War" provides a variety of resources that can be used in and out of class, allowing her students to explore this relevant topic in a meaningful and rigorous way.


The Twenty-First Century Energy Economy and the Developing World

As the developed world devotes resources to clean and renewable sources of energy, CFR's Blake Clayton emphasizes that the biggest energy problem today is making existing technological advances available to the developing world. Have students choose a developing region and write a proposal on how to introduce cleaner energy infrastructure to the area. Read the Article »

Energy Insecurity and Cyber Warfare

The cyberattack on Riyadh's oil company, Saudi Aramco, was described by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as "probably the most destructive attack that the private sector has seen to date." Ask students to read this op-ed and comment on the outcomes of a crippling strike on one of the world's leading energy suppliers. Read the Op-ed »


The King and Us

CFR's Joshua Kurlantzick examines the structure of the Thai government and the challenges inherent in moving from a monarchy to a democracy. Share this article as supplemental reading and ask students to comment on the role they believe the Thai king should play in national politics. Read the Article »

A Peacetime President

CFR's Micah Zenko writes about the daily security threats faced by the United States and the historically liberal use of military force. Assign this article and ask students to propose a system of checks and balances for the U.S. president's foreign policy and wartime decisions. Read the Article »


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"How to Make Almost Anything"

Neil Gershenfeld, head of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, observes the progression of the digital revolution and the ways in which the digital world is transforming into the physical as the physical world is evolving into the digital. Ask your students to read this article and write an op-ed on how changes in technology influence their lives.

"Are Taxes Too Damn High?"

In response to Andrea Louise Campbell's article "America the Undertaxed," Grover G. Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, questions whether taxes are too high to spur economic growth, arguing that economic growth will happen when taxes are cut. Assign students this article and ask them to discuss both sides of the tax debate.



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