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Academic Bulletin April 2016: CFR Resources on International Security

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April 2016

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CFR Resources on International Security



This issue of the CFR Academic Bulletin features recent publications and commentary on international security, with sections dedicated to regional tensions, energy security and climate policy, nuclear nonproliferation, and internet governance. As you and your students monitor conflicts around the globe, turn to CFR’s top security resources for background and expert analysis.

Campaign 2016: The Candidates and the World

Campaign 2016: The Candidates and the World

Compare where the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates stand on a range of issues including energy and climate, defense, and national security. View CFR’s Interactive Guide »


Global Conflict Tracker

The Global Conflict Tracker from CFR’s Center for Preventive Action provides both a bird’s eye view and an in-depth look at conflicts around the world. Updated daily, the guide’s interactive map plots twenty-six ongoing conflicts and includes background information and additional resources on each conflict. Explore the Tracker »

A Conversation with Ash Carter on the Future of the U.S. Rebalance to Asia

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter discusses U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region in this CFR event video. Secretary Carter reflects on the challenges facing the U.S. military in the East and South China Seas and assesses the United States’ outreach to partners and allies in the region, including Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, and India. Watch the Video »

Model Diplomacy: Russia and NATO in the Baltics

Model Diplomacy is an adaptable National Security Council (NSC) simulation featuring course guides, multimedia content, supplemental research materials, and assessment exercises. In this case study, students must respond to increasing tension between Latvia’s ethnic Latvian majority and its ethnic Russian minority, and hold a mock NSC meeting to consider the decision point and reach a policy recommendation on the U.S. response in Latvia. View the Case Profile »


Timeline: Oil Dependence and U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States’ dependence on oil has long influenced its foreign policy. This timeline traces the history of U.S. oil development through three major periods: the rise of oil as a commodity, the post-WWII age of geopolitical competition, and the current era of deregulation and diversification. View the Timeline »

World Energy Outlook 2015 With Fatih Birol

In this CFR event video, Fatih Birol discusses the latest edition of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication. Dr. Birol analyzes the shifting energy landscape, including how low energy prices, renewable energy, and the 2015 Paris Climate Summit may affect global economic growth and energy demands. Watch the Video »

Energy, Security, and Climate Blog

Mitigating the effects of climate change and ensuring energy security are among the most significant problems facing the international community. Follow Michael Levi and Varun Sivaram as they examine domestic and foreign policy questions surrounding energy, security, and climate change. Visit the Blog »

Related Resource: Explore the Global Climate Change Policy case from CFR’s free National Security Council simulation Model Diplomacy. View the Case Profile »


A Conversation With Sam Nunn on Preventing Nuclear Terrorism


Sam Nunn discusses the future of nuclear security and the evolving threat of nuclear terrorism at the 2016 International Studies Association Annual Convention, as part of CFR’s Academic Outreach Initiative. Read the Event Transcript »

Nuclear Arms Control for the 21st Century

Security threats have changed since the Cold War, and the way we think about arms control ought to as well, writes Amy J. Nelson for the National Interest. She asserts that both high profile state-led arms control treaties and informal agreements are necessary to prevent nonstate actors from acquiring nuclear weapons. Read more »

Time to Get Tough on Tehran: Iran Policy After the Deal

In this Foreign Affairs article, Eliot A. Cohen, Eric S. Edelman, and Ray Takeyh argue that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action needs revision and the United States should increase the cost of Iran’s foreign adventures, weaken its economy, and back domestic discontents to reduce the threat that a nuclear-armed Iranian regime would pose to the United States and the world. Read more on »


Global Governance Monitor: The Internet

Despite the transformative power of the Internet, it has raised a range of challenges and vulnerabilities related to privacy, espionage, trade, and freedom of expression. Map and evaluate multilateral efforts to address these challenges and improve cyberspace governance with CFR’s Global Governance Monitor. Explore the Multimedia Guide »

A Conversation with Jeh Johnson on U.S. Cybersecurity Readiness

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson discusses the state of U.S. cybersecurity readiness in this CFR meeting video. Secretary Johnson describes the role of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in protecting U.S. networks and critical infrastructure, and emphasizes the need for the government to strike a balance between security and openness. Watch the Video »

Related Resource: In this Academic Conference Call, Robert K. Knake discusses the Future of Cybersecurity with students across the country. Listen to the Call »

Net Politics Blog

CFR experts investigate the impact of information and communication technologies on security, privacy, and international affairs. Follow the blog for concise news analysis and visit each Friday for the Cyber Week in Review, which provides a round-up of important technology headlines and related stories. Read more »


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.


The CFR Academic Outreach Initiative provides a forum for educators and students to interact with CFR experts and 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. Programs include the Academic Conference Call Series; live streaming of CFR meetings; workshops for college and university presidents and deans, professors, and high school teachers; briefings for students; exhibitions and events at conferences across the country; and disseminating CFR print and multimedia resources for teaching and learning about global issues.

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