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Academic Bulletin May 2016: Summer Reading Edition

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May 2016

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CFR Summer Reading Edition



This issue of the CFR Academic Bulletin features a collection of ten recent publications to add to your summer reading list. Included are Backgrounders, blogs, and interactive guides on a range of topics to keep you and your students informed over the break.

CFR Model Diplomacy

CFR Model Diplomacy

This fall, introduce Model Diplomacy to your students. Model Diplomacy is an adaptable National Security Council simulation featuring course guides, authoritative multimedia content, supplemental research materials, and assessment exercises. It is designed to help college and high school students, educators, and others develop the knowledge, skills, and perspective required to be informed citizens and successful professionals in today’s interconnected world. Explore Model Diplomacy »

Latin America’s Moment

While much of the world’s attention is turned toward developments in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, Latin America is emerging as a region free of geopolitical concerns, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass, allowing governments to focus their attention and resources on domestic challenges of political and economic governance, state capacity, and corruption.

Related Resource: Explore the Collapse in Venezuela case from CFR’s free National Security Council simulation Model Diplomacy. View the case profile »

Council of Councils Report Card

The Council of Councils Report Card on International Cooperation unites leading foreign policy institutes from around the world to evaluate the success of multilateral actors in addressing global challenges from countering transnational terrorism to advancing global health. View the report card »

Morning in South Africa

In Morning in South Africa, CFR Fellow John Campbell examines South Africa’s post-apartheid democracy. Though the country continues to be plagued by poverty, slow economic growth, and the lingering legacy of apartheid, institutions and government now reflect its demography, and citizens enjoy freedom of speech, rule of law, and an independent judiciary. Read the book »

Securing a Democratic Future for Myanmar


In the latest Council Special Report, Priscilla A. Clapp, former chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar, urges the United States to revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy in order to support Myanmar’s historic democratic transition.

Related Resource: In this Academic Conference Call, Priscilla A. Clapp discusses What to Expect in Myanmar with students across the country. Listen to the call »

The Long Fight Over Trade and Medicines

This CFR Interactive analyzes IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics data in order to determine whether U.S. trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, raise drug prices and restrict access to cheaper generic medicines outside the United States. View the interactive »

State Capitalism Teaching Notes

State Capitalism Teaching Notes

In State Capitalism, Joshua Kurlantzick surveys countries across the world, including Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey, to assess their level of state capitalism, and reflect on what it means for democratic politics.

Explore the Teaching Notes for State Capitalism, which feature discussion questions, classroom activities, essay prompts, and supplemental readings.

Foreign Policy at the Conventions


While U.S. presidential conventions are dominated by domestic priorities, foreign policy and national security issues come to the fore during periods of global instability or armed conflict. Using historical references, this CFR Backgrounder traces how foreign policy has factored into party platforms.

Related Resource: 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 »

Remedial Education: Federal Education Policy

Although the United States ranks fifth in the world in per-student primary and secondary education spending, it is losing its international lead in educational attainment. In this progress report and scorecard, Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss track U.S. standing and discuss remedies. Read more »

How to Reform the Ailing World Health Organization


Poor leadership is to blame for the World Health Organization’s failure to reform its organizational ineffectiveness, lack of clear priorities, and insufficient funding, writes Yanzhong Huang in this CFR Expert Brief. Read more »

Follow the Money Blog

After several years at the U.S. Treasury Department and serving on the staff of the National Economic Council and the National Security Council, Brad Setser has returned to CFR as a senior fellow for the Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. Pick up where he left off and follow his blog for data-driven analysis of the global economy. Read more on Follow the Money »

Water Clouds on the Tibetan Plateau


Asia’s major rivers provide water to more than 1.35 billion people. As regional demand grows, improved cooperation on water management is necessary to avoid the risk of conflict over water resources. This Backgrounder explores the stakes. Explore the Backgrounder »


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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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