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Current Issues Titles


The United States in Afghanistan

Students use primary source documents, readings, and new media sources as they consider the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.


China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response

Using readings, documents, statistics, and simulations, students explore the history of U.S. relations with China and consider the global impact of China's transformation.

Climate Change

Climate Change and Questions of Justice

Students explore the causes and effects of global warming and delve into questions of who is most responsible for and vulnerable to the changing climate.


History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba

Readings, and simulations, and primary sources help students step into the shoes of ordinary Cubans to consider Cuba's future.

Foreign Aid

Dilemmas of Foreign Aid: Debating U.S. Policies

Readings, speeches, statistics, case studies and simulations enable students to examine U.S. aid policy and explore the ethical dilemmas faced by policy makers.


Confronting Genocide: Never Again?

Through case studies and primary sources, students trace the international community's response to genocide and consider how to respond in the future.

Human Rights

Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy

Students use readings, case studies, and primary sources to examine the role human rights has played in international politics.


Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Drawing on statistics, speeches, and commission reports, students examine the historical and current dimensions of immigration policy from multiple perspectives.


Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads

Readings, maps, artwork, documents, and simulations enable students to see the world through Mexican eyes and to contemplate current Mexican policy choices.

Middle East

The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy

Drawing on maps, cartoons, and primary sources, students examine the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East from 1900 to the present.


Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change

Students explore Nigeria's history—from the precolonial to the present—and think about what the country's future might look like.

North Korea

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: North Korea and the Nuclear Threat

This Lesson helps students better understand the domestic and international issues around North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Nuclear Weapons

The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

Students use readings, primary sources, and simulations to examine the history of nuclear weapons, explore arguments for and against them, and consider current challenges.

Russia's Transformation

Russia's Transformation: Challenges for U.S. Policy

Using readings, maps, cartoons, and primary sources, students explore Russian history and consider the U.S. relationship with Russia today.


Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

With readings, primary sources, statistics, cartoons, and case studies, students prepare for a debate in the U.S. Senate on the response to terrorism.


International Trade in a Globalized World

Drawing on readings, statistics, and simulations, students explore the basics of international trade and consider its role in this era of globalization.


Empire, Republic, Democracy: Turkey's Past and Future

Students use primary source documents, readings, and new media sources as they consider the questions and challenges facing people in Turkey today.

United Nations

The United Nations: Challenges and Change

Using primary sources, charts, case studies, and simulations, students examine the historical origins of the UN and consider its role in the world today from multiple perspectives.

U.S. Role in the World

The U.S. Role in a Changing World

Readings, primary sources, political cartoons, maps, statistics, and simulations draw students into the promise and uncertainty of the modern era.