Promoting global affairs education has been an element of the Council on Foreign Relations' mission since its inception. CFR Academic connects educators and students of all ages to CFR's award-winning publications, innovative digital learning products, and acclaimed events featuring foreign policy experts for teaching and learning about international affairs. 
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Teach & Learn

Model Diplomacy

How can you bring hypothetical scenarios based on real issues to life in your classroom? Model Diplomacy, a free and flexible interactive program, uses role-play to demonstrate the challenges of shaping U.S. foreign policy in an interconnected world.

CFR Quizzes

Weekly Quizzes

See how much you know about the world with CFR's weekly quizzes on countries, current events, history, economics, foreign policy, and more.


Understand how the world works—what the forces are, who the actors are, and how they interact to influence events of relevance to citizens' everyday lives. World101 offers primers on need-to-know topics.

Resource Guide

Introductory Guide to CFR Resources

Explore the wide range of educational resources from CFR and Foreign Affairs.

Teaching Notes

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

For the first time in recorded history, bacteria, viruses, and other plagues and pestilence do not cause the majority of deaths or disabilities in any region of the world. Curbing infectious diseases has extended lives and prevented child deaths in poor societies, but also brought new and unexpected challenges—like rising youth unemployment, overcrowded and underbuilt cities, and surging rates of premature chronic diseases—that many nations are unprepared to handle. In Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, Thomas J. Bollyky traces the rise and fall of infectious disease in human history and the challenges and opportunities that unprecedented health achievements pose for our future.

Arab Spring

In False Dawn, Steven A. Cook examines why Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Turkey did not transition to democracy, explaining how and why Middle East uprisings didn’t succeed.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

A quarter billion people worldwide live outside their country of nationality. One-tenth of them are refugees fleeing political persecution and other acute threats.

Join the Conversation

CFR Academic offers a range of programs for educators and students to interact with CFR experts and to join the debate on foreign policy. The purpose is to foster a deeper understanding of international relations and the role of the United States in the world.

2020 ISA

International Studies Association

Academic Conference Calls

The CFR Academic Conference Call series gives students the opportunity to speak directly with CFR fellows, Foreign Affairs authors, and other foreign policy practitioners...