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The U.S. Role in a Changing World helps students reflect on global changes, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world today. Readings include discussions of security, economy, environment, culture, and politics.

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Teaching with the News

The Lessons of Iraq


In this lesson, students will:


The Lessons of Iraq

This handout includes the following articles:

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You may want to show students President Obama's August 31, 2010 speech marking the end of combat operations in Iraq.

In the Classroom

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Encourage your students to express their views.

Contact Elected Officials
Students could write letters to elected officials. They can find contact information for the White House at and their U.S. senators and representatives at

Write Locally
Students could write letters to the editor of a local paper or write articles for the school or community newspaper.

photo-DoD photo by Sgt. KimberlyJohnson, U.S. Army.