Foreign Policy

Grade Level
Simulation
Boko Haram in Nigeria (NSC)
Set in February 2017. A Boko Haram attack threatens the stability of Nigeria, as the country seeks U.S. aid.
Mini Simulation
Economic Sanctions
How should the United States apply sanctions to influence a crisis abroad? Explore this hypothetical simulation.
Mini Simulation
Negotiating Ukrainian Security in 1993
How should the United States manage dismantling Ukraine's nuclear arsenal while safeguarding against renewed conflict in Europe? Explore this historical simulation set in 1993.
Simulation
Boko Haram in Nigeria (UNSC)
Set in February 2017. A Boko Haram attack threatens the stability of Nigeria, as the country seeks international aid.
Mini Simulation
Trade Policy
How should the United States leverage trade to respond when a rivalry between growing trade partners threatens regional stability? Explore this hypothetical simulation.
Mini Simulation
Prisoner Swap
How should the United States respond when an American citizen is unjustly detained? Explore this simulation.
Syllabus
POL 350: American Political Theory
Description
In this course we will examine the history and development of American political thought, with attention to the thinkers and themes influential to institutions, ideologies, and controversies.
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POLS 2274: U.S. Foreign Policy
Description
In this course, students learn about foreign policy, and through a capstone simulation experience engage in the U.S. foreign policy process.
Book Guide
Special Providence

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Walter Russell Mead argues that the United States has had a more successful foreign policy than any other great power in history, and attributes this unprecedented success (as well as recurring problems) to a vigorous interplay among four powerful political traditi

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Power and Purpose

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow James M. Goldgeier and Michael A. McFaul trace the evolution of American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union, and later Russia—once seen as America’s greatest adversary, and now viewed by the United States as a potential partner. Teaching notes by Dr.

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The End of the American Era

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Charles A. Kupchan addresses the broad strategic challenges and emerging nature of global politics facing the United States in this new century. Teaching notes by the author.

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Power, Terror, Peace, and War

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Walter Russell Mead—one of the most original writers on U.S. foreign policy—provides a fascinating and timely account of the Bush administration’s foreign policy and its current grand strategy for the world. Teaching notes by the author.

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HIST-H101: World History in the 20th Century
Description
Syllabus for use in introductory courses to history and international studies, using the World101 modules. The materials here are intended for use in 100-level university courses.
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POLS Y219: Intro to International Relations
Description
In this course, we will study international relations by examining the interactions between actors with different interests, ideas, constraints, and motivations.
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POLS 2401: Current Global Issues
Description
Students will learn about the political, social, economic, and cultural forces shaping contemporary global issues such as climate change, conflict, human rights, terrorism and other issues.
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GC1Y: Global Challenges
Description
In this class we will examine some of our most pressing contemporary global challenges within their historical and regional contexts
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Toolkit: Global Civic Learning
Description
This toolkit is organized around each of the authors’ respective roles and responsibilities in the Department of Service Learning and Civic Engagement (Co-Curricular Activities), Global Programs and
Book Guide
Financial Statecraft

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil and Robert E. Litan explore the efficacy of American efforts toward what they have coined "financial statecraft," or those aspects of economic statecraft directed at influencing international capital flows. Teaching notes by Dr. Steil.

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Thicker Than Oil

In this book, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Rachel Bronson presents the first full history of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, revealing why the alliance was formed and what we stand to lose if it collapses. Teaching notes by the author.

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Friendly Fire

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Julia E. Sweig offers a detailed analysis of the interaction between the United States and the world community—and a prescriptive framework to contain the anti-American backlash for the future. Teaching notes by the author.

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The Closing of the American Border

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden examines the complicated interplay between the United States’ need for homeland security and economic openness in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Teaching notes by the author.

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War of Necessity, War of Choice

In this book, CFR President Richard N. Haass contrasts the decisions that shaped the conduct of two wars between the United States and Iraq, and writes an authoritative, personal account of how U.S. foreign policy is made. Teaching notes by the author.

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Between Threats and War

In this book, CFR Fellow Micah Zenko examines thirty-six discrete military operations carried out by the United States and evaluates U.S. policy choices, recommending ways in which limited military force may be applied in the future. Teaching notes by the author.

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Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell examines Nigeria’s postcolonial past and offers policy options for the United States to help promote political, social, and economic development. Teaching notes by the author.

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No Exit from Pakistan

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Daniel S. Markey tells the story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and explains how Washington can prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. Teaching notes by the author.

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Foreign Policy Begins at Home

In this book, CFR President Richard N. Haass puts forward a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration, in which the United States limits its engagement in wars of choice and humanitarian interventions abroad and focuses on restoring the foundations of its power at home.

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Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy

In Red Team, CFR Senior Fellow Micah Zenko provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day devil’s advocates.

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Russian Foreign Policy

In this book, CFR Fellow Jeffrey Mankoff analyzes Russia’s interactions with major global actors and concludes that today’s Russia is more interested in restoring what its leaders consider to be its rightful place among the world’s major powers than in directly challenging the West.

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The Marshall Plan

In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin’s on the rise, U.S. officials under new secretary of state George C.

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South Korea at the Crossroads

Against the backdrop of China’s mounting influence and North Korea’s growing nuclear capability and expanding missile arsenal, South Korea faces a set of strategic choices that will shape its economic prospects and national security. In South Korea at the Crossroads, Scott A.

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A Great Place to Have a War

In his book A Great Place to Have a War, Joshua Kurlantzick tells the story of the CIA’s covert war in Laos during the Vietnam War. He examines how the country became, surprisingly, a U.S.

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Preventive Engagement

As the principal guarantor of international peace and security in an increasingly turbulent world, the United States is at risk of being drawn into potentially costly conflicts that, over time, diminish its power.

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The Third Revolution

In The Third Revolution, Economy reveals Xi Jinping’s new China model—more controlling and authoritarian at home with a more ambitious and activist role abroad—and asks us to fundamentally rethink how the United States and others approach this complex and increasingly powerful country.

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The World: A Brief Introduction

Providing readers with the essential background and building blocks necessary to make sense of this complicated and interconnected world, The World focuses on crucial history, what makes each region of the world tick, the many challenges that globalization presents, and the most influent

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Losing the Long Game

An insider’s perspective on why U.S. policymakers repeatedly underestimate the costs and consequences of intervention to both the United States and the people of the Middle East.

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Isolationism

In his new book, Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself From the World, CFR Senior Fellow Charles A. Kupchan explores the nation's past to uncover the ideological and political roots of U.S.

Book Guide
Nigeria and the Nation-State

In Nigeria and the Nation-State, John Campbell explains what makes Nigeria different from other countries in Africa, how it works, and why understanding it is vital if we are to avoid the mistakes the United States made in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as U.S.

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Getting Russia Right

Getting Russia Right offers a practitioner’s account of why the great post-Cold War hopes for an enduring U.S.-Russian strategic partnership grounded in free markets and democratic values gave way to a bitter adversarial relationship that puts the United States and Russia on opposing sid

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Getting Russia Right

Getting Russia Right offers a practitioner’s account of why the great post-Cold War hopes for an enduring U.S.-Russian strategic partnership grounded in free markets and democratic values gave way to a bitter adversarial relationship that puts the United States and Russia on opposing sid

Mini Simulation
Intelligence: Covert Action
How should the United States use secret measures to address a national security threat? Explore this hypothetical simulation.
Mini Simulation
Soft Power
Should the United States use soft power to enhance its standing in the world? Explore this hypothetical simulation.
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Peacekeeping
Should the United States support peacekeeping in a country filled with ethnic conflict? Explore this hypothetical simulation.
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Deterrence
How should the United States use deterrence to block threats against itself and its allies? Explore this hypothetical simulation.
Mini Simulation
Arms Control
Should the United States use arms control to reduce the threat of a new type of weapon? Explore this hypothetical simulation.
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Armed Force
Should the United States use armed force to address a conflict in another country? Explore this hypothetical simulation.
Learning Journey
U.S. History Mini Simulations

In this series of historical mini simulations, students step into the shoes of policymakers to advise the U.S. president on how to respond to major foreign policy moments in U.S. history. 

Learning Journey
Will China Invade Taiwan?

Explore Taiwan’s relationships with the United States and China. Then take part in a national security simulation to help avoid future conflict.

Learning Journey
Trade: Trade Wars

Explore this collection of learning resources to understand trade relations between the United States and China.

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Trade: Policy

Explore this collection of learning resources to understand the ways in which trade can be used as part of foreign policy.

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Trade: Introduction

Explore this collection of learning resources to understand international trade.

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U.S. Foreign Policy

Explore this collection of learning resources to understand U.S. foreign policy.

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Tools of Foreign Policy

Explore this collection of learning resources to understand the tools of foreign policy.

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Approaches to Foreign Policy

Explore this collection of learning resources to understand the critical debates behind foreign policy strategy.