CIR encourages students to take an interest in the world around them, learn about foreign policy issues, listen to leaders from around the world and participate in current events discussions. Below are recent reports from Jeff Case, Chair of the Student and Teacher Committee. To learn more about CIR’s student programs, visit CIR’s Student Impact page.
2014 CIR Fall Summit
This is the 6th Annual Council on International Relations Fall Summit where we bring together area students and faculty to meet and discuss important international topics. Since World War II, The United States has been in direct competition with the Soviet Union. This has become the focal point of our foreign policy where we have sought ways to advance our objectives and block those of the Soviet Union. This intense competition is called the Cold War.
2014 Summit Topic: The Cold War
The Cold War lasted from 1946 when Winston Churchill warned that an Iron Curtain was dividing Europe until 1989 when the Berlin Wall collapsed. During that long period the Cold War included both “proxy wars” and more direct
US-Soviet confrontations. The goal of this year’s seminar is to have student teams take an intensive look at one of these confrontations, and prepare a briefing on it for the larger audience. In each case, the briefing should address, at a minimum, the following questions:
- When and how did the crisis develop and which parties or issues were involved
- How did the United States and her allies respond to the crisis?
- How long did it last and how much did it cost?
- How was it finally resolved or, at least, stabilized?
I. Soviet Expansion and Influence in Europe
B. Truman Doctrine
C. Marshall Plan (1946-1949)
D. Beginning of the Domino Theory
II. The Berlin Crisis (1948-1949)
A. The division of East/West Berlin.
B. The closure of West Berlin
C. The airlift to supply West Berlin
D. Check Point Charlie
III. Castro’s Cuba and the Missile Crisis(1959-1962)
A. The alliance between Fidel Castro and the Soviet Union
B. The Bay of Pigs
C. The naval blockade
D. The threat of Soviet missiles
E. The consequence of Daniel Ortega,Nicaragua and the Contras
IV. The Arms Race
A. Nuclear weapons capacity build up and capability
B. MAD Policy
C. Dr. Strangelove
D. Training to survive a nuclear attack.
E. Strategic Air Command
F. Conventional Arms Race
1. Missile gap
2. Land, sea, and military competition
V. Uprisings and Freedom Fighters – Santa Fe Indian School
A. Berlin in 1953
B. Hungary in 1956
C. Prague in 1968
VI. Spheres of Influence – Monte Del Sol
A. The Space Race
1. First man in space
2. Satellite competition
3. JFK’s pledge for America’s Moon landing
VII. Proxy Wars and Proxies – Desert Academy
A. Korea (1950-1953)
B. Vietnam (1960-1975)
3. David Halberstam
C. Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan ( 1979-1988
D. Egypt, Suez Canal, and the Aswan Dam (1956-1967)
We are meeting on Thursday, October 16, starting at 8:30 a.m. The CIR Fall Summit is being hosted by The Master’s Program at Santa Fe Community College. Our Summit will take place in the Jemez Room with its excellent AV equipment and expandable space so please feel free to invite entire classrooms. All faculty and all students are welcome.
Also, last year we had a suggestion to invite parents, administrators, and CIR members. We like this idea and encourage it, but we also want to keep this a student focused event. Please check with Dr. Jeff Case, email@example.com, about the number count on the RSVP.
Our plan is to assign each school to deliver a content briefing on a particular Confrontation. We have selected seven Confrontations that we think can show the friction, competition, and challenging nature of the Cold War. We are asking schools to form teams of four to five students to deliver a 15 minute PowerPoint which follows previous models used for the topic Why Does America Go to War and Bilateral Relations. Students may use maps, graphs, political cartoons, statements from world leaders like Khrushchev or Kennedy, and any social media resource. This has proven to be lively, informative, and interactive.
This is an excellent opportunity for any teacher who is including the Cold War or parts of it in this year’s classroom studies. Please contact Dr. Jeff Case ASAP if you want your school to field a team as assignments are given based on your date of request.
There will be a laptop computer for PowerPoint presentations and excellent AV equipment. As in previous years, please bring your PowerPoint copied onto a flash/thumb drive or in a computer friendly format.
At the end of each presentation, former CIR President and diplomacy expert John Dobson, Foreign Service Officers Jim Joy and Herb Thomas, and CIA analyst Beth Bloomfield will provide commentary, dialogue, and augment the briefing. All have served in major embassies, universities, and government agencies throughout the world and have distinguished careers. As in last year, this format should provide a lively, informative, and interactive experience for all those involved.
The Confrontations—Choose One for a Presentation
I. Soviet Expansion in Europe_____School Name
II. The Berlin Crisis______School Name
III. Castro’s Cuba and the Missile Crisis______School Name
IV. The Arms Race______School Name
V. Resistance and Freedom Fighters_______School Name
VI. Spheres of Influence_______School Name
VII. Proxy Wars________School Name
8:30 – 8:45 Assemble at the Jemez Room at SFCC.
8:45 – 9:00 Introduction of School Delegations.
9:00 – 10:00 The first three Confrontations. Europe, Berlin, Cuba.
10:00 – 10:20 Break.
10:20 – 11:40 The second four Confrontations. Arms Race, Resistance,
Spheres of Influence, Proxy Wars.
11:45 – 12:00 Q & A, Summation
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (Pizza).
12:30 – 1:00 Fishbowl Discussion
1:00 – 1:30 Closing.
Dr. Jeff Case, Chair, Faculty/Student Committee, Council on International Relations, 505-231-3300 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday, October 24, CIR held the 2013 Student Summit at Santa Fe Community College. This year’s topic was: A Review of Bilateral Relations and the Changes Ahead. This has been one of CIR’s most impactful educational programs. If you like this kind of thing and would like to sponsor this and similar programs concerning world affairs for local schools, please consider making a donation to the Winkler Education Fund.
Egypt Israel China Great Britain Russia Mexico Germany
2013 CIR Fall Summit
This is the 5th Annual Council on International Relations Fall Summit where we bring together area students and faculty to meet and discuss important international topics.
The United States has for years used bilateral relations to achieve its goals with nations who are friends and competitors. This has become the focal point of our foreign policy since World War II. We have used trade agreements, defense agreements, and interlocking regional alliances to advance U.S. objectives.
The focus of this year’s summit is on American relations with other countries around the world. Each of the targeted countries has maintained a complex relationship with the United States since the end of the Second World War. Some have been enemies, some have been allies, some have been competitors, and some have been partners.
The Council on International Relations has chosen to explore these topics at its Fall Summit. Key questions are:
1) How the relationship stood in the late 1940s.
2) What and how global events (such as wars, alliances, crises, and third-party conflicts) changed and otherwise affected US attitudes toward and responses to the target country.
3) What sort of economic and trade relationships existed and evolved since the mid-twentieth century.
4) Where the relationship currently stands: political ally or opponent, friend or rival, major or minor trading partner, ideologically similar or different.
We are meeting on Thursday, October 24, starting at 8:30 a.m. The CIR Fall Summit is being hosted by The Master’s Program at Santa Fe Community College. Our Summit will take place in the Jemez Room with its excellent AV equipment and expandable space so there is no limit to the number of students you can send. All faculty and all students are welcome. This event has also been opened up to a limited number of CIR members and guests.
Also, last year we had a suggestion to invite parents, administrators, and CIR members. We like this idea and encourage it, but we also want to limit the number to keep this a student focused event. Please check with Dr. Jeff Case, email@example.com, about the number count on the RSVP.
Our plan is to assign each school to deliver a content briefing on a particular country. We have selected seven countries that we think can show the importance of a bilateral relationship during this time period. We are asking schools to form teams of four to five students to deliver a 15 minute PowerPoint which follows last year’s model used for the topic Why Does America Go To War. Students may use maps, graphs, political cartoons, statements from world leaders, and any social media resource. This has proven to be a lively, informative, and interactive.
This is an excellent opportunity for any teacher who is including one of the selected countries in this year’s classroom studies. Please contact Dr. Jeff Case if you want your school to participate or to be an observer as soon as possible.
There will be a laptop computer for PowerPoint presentations and excellent AV equipment. As with last year if you wish to make a PowerPoint presentation, please bring it copied onto a flash/thumb drive.
At the end of each presentation, former Foreign Service Officers Jim Joy and Herb Thomas will provide commentary, dialogue, and augment the briefing. Both of these Officers have served in major embassies throughout the world and have distinguished careers. As it did last year, this format should provide a lively, informative, and interactive experience for all those involved.
After lunch we will break into a fishbowl and bring teachers and students into a circle and focus on our morning discussion and recent events.
□ Russia— The Master’s Program; Jody Lefevers
□ Mexico— Monte Del Sol; Esther Kovari
□ Egypt— St. Mike’s; P.J. Liebson & Kim Walker
□ Germany— Santa Fe High; Tracy Akers.
□ Israel— Santa Fe High; Chris Eadie
□ China— Santa Fe Prep; Nick Wirth.
□ Great Britain— Santa Fe Indian School; Carlene Carey
Portrait of Turkey – Luncheon with Turkish Cultural Foundation Study Tour Teacher Participants
Saturday, November 23, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Room – 6401 Richards Ave.
Cost: $18 General Admission (includes authentic Turkish luncheon prepared by SFCC Master Chef, Behzad Dayeny)
Advance reservations required.
The CIR Faculty/Student Committee is organizing a Portrait of Turkey event generously supported by the Turkish Cultural Foundation. This event is a must attend for anyone who has traveled or lived in Turkey, or for anyone who is interested in Turkish cuisine, and of course for anyone who is interested in international education and what is happening in our local area schools.
This is the fourth year in a row that we have submitted a grant application and won the travel award. CIR has now sent a total of 15 area teachers on the Turkish Summer Tour and this luncheon helps to recognize that accomplishment.
We are pleased to announce that three teachers from Santa Fe schools have received travel awards to participate in the 2013 Study Tour of Turkey.
This program, funded by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and administered nationally by the World Affairs Council, is in three parts. The first is a workshop for teachers on Turkey—its history, geography, and culture. The second part is a 14 day study tour of Turkey starting in Istanbul. The third part is the Portrait of Turkey luncheon during which local teachers show and explain their Turkish curriculum projects that emanate from their studies. The program has strong appeal, where teachers can travel and learn about a U.S. strategic partner in the Middle-East. CIR is beginning its third year and appreciates our benefactor, the Turkish Cultural Foundation.
In the three years CIR has been doing this for teachers. We thank everyone who made an effort to apply. The applications were outstanding.
One teacher produced this short video collage about the markets of Turkey that they visited during the tour:
The Teacher Workshop was held at the Santa Fe Community College and had record number of participants. John Dobson gave a lecture on the history of Turkey. SFCC Master Chef, Behzad Dayeny prepared a savory range of Turkish specialties. Teachers reported the event was well thought out and organized, and they were highly appreciative of this opportunity. Many CIR members and guests attended as well.
For more details on this program, contact Jeff Case, who manages and is responsible for CIR’s participation in this program.
In April, 18, 2012 students from four high schools attended the World Affairs Discussion luncheon, which featured Ambassador Vicki Huddleston discussing countering extremist threats in the horn and West Africa.
According to evaluations filled out at the luncheon’s conclusion, students found the speaker interesting and they enjoyed themselves. CIR members conveyed their pleasure of having young people at their tables and participating in the discussions. Ambassador Huddleston reported she enjoyed talking to the students, and she made a special mention to them during her talk.
Sean Colin-Ellerin from Desert Academy and Sarah Isenberg from Santa Fe High participated in a contest in which they wrote essays about Azerbaijan.
A letter about the students and the contest was published by the editor of the New Mexican newspaper on Thursday, April 5. A letter was also published by the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday, April 8, recognizing the efforts of the two deserving students for the Azerbaijan essay contest. Area high school teachers have complimented our two students.
Sixteen teachers and students from two high schools and one college attended the February World Affairs Luncheon with Bill Stewart.
Bill Stewart seemed to me to pay particular attention to the students and they enjoyed a lively post-talk conversation.
If you would like to support to CIR’s educational programs in local schools, please consider making a donation to the Winkler Education Fund.