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Academic Bulletin September 2016: Fostering Global Literacy

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September 2016

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Fostering Global Literacy

This month's bulletin presents the joint CFR-National Geographic survey on American college students' knowledge of geography and U.S. foreign policy, new cases from CFR's Model Diplomacy simulation program, and the latest from Foreign Affairs. Announcements include new fellowships, CFR at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Campaign 2016 website – just in time for the debates!


New CFR Fellowship for Academics

CFR announces the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, a new fellowship for professors of U.S. foreign policy and international relations. This opportunity offers professors direct experience in the foreign policymaking field through placement in a U.S. government agency or international government organization for a period of twelve months.

Applications for the 2017–2018 academic year are due October 31, 2016. Eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found here



What College-Aged Students Know About the World: A Survey on Global Literacy


With an eye to identifying the gaps between what young people understand about today's world and what they need to know to successfully navigate and compete in it, CFR and the National Geographic Society commissioned a Global Literacy Survey in May 2016. Conducted by ARC Research, 1,203 people ages 18 to 26 educated at U.S. colleges and universities were polled on their knowledge of the world and America's role in it.  Read more »

Take the Survey

Test your own global literacy by answering ten of the survey questions.  Try the sample survey here »

Watch Experts Discuss the Results

Susan Goldberg, National Geographic Magazine editor in chief, Richard N. Haass, CFR president, and Gary E. Knell, National Geographic Society president and chief executive officer, discuss the survey findings, the importance of global and geographic literacy, and what both organizations are doing to help prepare young Americans for an increasingly interconnected world. Watch here »





Model Diplomacy is a free interactive program from CFR that uses role-play to demonstrate the challenges of shaping U.S. foreign policy in today's world. Use it to bring hypothetical scenarios based on real issues to life in your classroom.  Register your class for Model Diplomacy »

Boko Haram in Nigeria

Following a massive Boko Haram attack in Lagos, Nigeria's president has requested that the United States sell heavy military equipment to the country. The National Security Council must advise the president on whether to override a law prohibiting the sale of heavy military equipment to Nigeria that was put in place because of reported human rights abuses. Explore CFR's Backgrounder on Boko Haram »

Cyber Clash With China

In retaliation for a hacking attack, how will National Security Council members advise the president on the relative merits of a cyber response, economic sanctions, or military measures?  Review recommendations for developing a proportional response to cyber attacks »

Iran Deal Breach

Israel is accusing Iran of violating an accord by operating a clandestine nuclear enrichment facility, prompting a diplomatic stalemate over access to the disputed site. National Security Council members must advise the president on how best to respond.  Learn why Washington needs to get tougher on Iran »

North Korean Nuclear Threat

Following a North Korean satellite launch and other developments, the director of national intelligence has informed the president that North Korea is now capable of firing a nuclear-armed missile against the United States. The president has called a National Security Council meeting to discuss how to respond to North Korea's enhanced capabilities. Read the new Task Force Report on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea »


Prepare for the Presidential Debates With CFR

Explore CFR's latest analysis of what to expect at tonight's presidential debates from Elizabeth N. Saunders, visiting fellow at CFR and assistant professor at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs. 

CFR's Campaign 2016: The Candidates and the World site has won the 2016 Online News Association award for "Planned News/Events, Small Site." Use it to make a side-by-side comparison of the candidates' positions on the most pressing foreign policy issues. 



The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline


Foreign Affairs Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman's new book focuses on ten seemingly intractable challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, corruption, and Islamic terrorism—and details the surprising success stories of the various countries that have found policies to resolve them.

To write this book, Mr. Tepperman traveled the world, conducting more than one hundred interviews with heads of state and other innovators responsible for these unexpected leadership lessons. Watch Tepperman's Ted Talk »

Mini-Anthologies to Complement Model Diplomacy Cases

CFR's Model Diplomacy has partnered with Foreign Affairs to create three mini-anthologies to accompany the "Dispute in the East China Sea," "Collapse in Venezuela," and "Economic Crisis in Europe" cases. Each features four Foreign Affairs articles in PDF format with links to further reading from CFR and other sources. 

The mini-anthologies are available free of charge through your Model Diplomacy account. Register for Model Diplomacy »


CFR at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference

Connect with CFR representatives at HACU's Thirtieth Annual Conference from October 8 to 10 in San Antonio, Texas. Visit us at booth 314 in the exhibit hall to collect free publications, explore digital resources for the classroom, and learn more about CFR Campus.



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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