March 2017

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New Educational Resources from CFR

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This month's bulletin features the latest from CFR for teaching and learning about current international events. These resources provide context, commentary, and analysis on U.S.-Russia relations, what to expect after Brexit, the threat of a nuclear North Korea, and more.

 

Model Diplomacy Reviewed in Journal of Political Science Education

"Participating in Model Diplomacy will help students broaden their perspectives, communicate and defend their ideas, research topics quickly, improve their writing skills, negotiate and compromise, and work within an organizational structure. These are worthwhile goals for any course in international relations."—Nilay Saiya, Assistant Professor and Director of International Studies, State University of New York, Brockport

To learn more about Model Diplomacy, CFR's free National Security Simulation, visit modeldiplomacy.cfr.org.

 

BACKGROUNDER

What Brexit Means
 
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PETER NICHOLLS/REUTERS

 

As the United Kingdom officially initiates the process of leaving the European Union, review the history of the UK's membership in the EU and consider the possible effects of Brexit on the nation and region. Explore this and other Backgrounders »

 

TASK FORCE REPORT

Arctic Imperatives: Reinforcing U.S. Strategy on America's Fourth Coast
 
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NASA NASA/REUTERS

 

Read the latest CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report which asserts that "the United States, through Alaska, is a significant Arctic nation with strategic, economic, and scientific interests," and stresses that "the United States needs to increase its commitment to the region or risk leaving its interests unprotected." Find more CFR resources on the Arctic »

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Real American Job Crisis
 
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SAMANTHA SAIS/REUTERS

 

Examine changes in U.S. employment since the 1970s and consider the policies that may help boost employment and expand equality of opportunity with this two-part series by University of California, San Diego's Lane Kenworthy.
Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 

COUNCIL SPECIAL REPORT

Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO
 
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RIA NOVOSTI/REUTERS

 

Produced by CFR's Center for Preventive Action and authored by Barnard College's Kimberly Marten, this Council Special Report offers a plan for how the Trump administration could work with Congress and NATO allies to diminish the chances of crisis escalation. Read this and other CFR reports »

 

BLOG POST

Immigration Enforcement and the Impact on Higher Education
 
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STEPHEN LAM/REUTERS

 

Consider the effect of the Trump administration's immigration and visa policies on foreign students, scientists, and researchers at universities, with these remarks from CFR's Edward Alden on the Renewing America blog. Browse all CFR's blogs »

 

BOOK

A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA
 
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JORGE SILVA/REUTERS

 

CFR Senior Fellow Joshua Kurlantzick's new book provides a definitive account of the secret war in Laos from 1961 to 1973, the largest covert operation in U.S. history that morphed the CIA from a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary powers. Learn more about the book »

 

EVENT VIDEO

The Rising Threat of a Nuclear North Korea
 
KCNA KCNA/REUTERS  

KCNA KCNA/REUTERS

 

Watch experts discuss U.S. policy options toward North Korea in response to the country's continued development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the threat the Kim Jong-un regime poses to East Asia and the United States. A transcript is also available. Watch this and other CFR event videos »

 

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ABOUT CFR'S ACADEMIC OUTREACH INITIATIVE

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