Background and Context
These resources are designed to help students develop a thorough understanding of the topic of Foreign Policy; and help students make connections between historical events, current conversations, and current policy proposals surrounding the issue of Foreign Policy.
Current Issue Debates
Current Issues Debates highlight current policy issues featured in the news. Issues are framed by a central question, historical context, an overview of both sides of the topic, and discussion questions. These concise resources allow students to move quickly from reading to discussing and debating the issue.
Our lesson plans are designed to promote civil discourse and empathy for diverse perspectives. Based on the proven instructional techniques that Close Up uses with students on program, these lesson plans are ideal for teachers who want to enhance the quality of student discourse in the classroom.
Post | May 24, 2021
A ceasefire has brought an end to weeks of increasing violence between Israel and the Palestinian communities in the territory it controls, particularly the Palestinian Islamic-nationalist group Hamas. This latest outbreak of conflict ended a period of relative calm that had persisted for the better part of a decade. Adding to the complexity of the […]
Videos | April 26, 2021
During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses ‘U.S. Foreign Policy: Pivot Towards Asia’ with guest speakers John J. Brandon and Shirley Keating of The Asia Foundation. With a new Secretary of State now at the helm at the State Department and a new Commander-in-Chief in the White House, American foreign policy […]
Post | April 13, 2021
Last month, nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children were stopped at the U.S.-Mexican border, a record since documentation began in 2010, beating a previous record set in May of 2019.1 Currently, the Biden administration is allowing only children traveling alone to stay in the U.S. while their asylum claims are being evaluated, a process that can […]
Videos | November 13, 2020
During this Close Up Conversations webinar Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty, discusses ‘US Foreign Policy in the Next Four Years’ with Ambassador Richard Schmierer, Chairman of the Board, Middle East Policy Council. Foreign policy is consistently one of the biggest issues going into any election, and there are implications whether there is an administration change or […]
Post | January 13, 2020
On January 2, 2020, it was announced that an air strike ordered by President Donald Trump had successfully targeted and killed Qasem Soleimani, chief of the Quds Force, at Baghdad International Airport. The Quds Force is regarded as the elite unit of Iran’s military; it handles overseas operations and is classified as a foreign terrorist […]
Post | October 18, 2019
On October 6, 2019, President Trump made the surprising announcement that he would pull out most of the 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria, where the United States has been working with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaeda, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and to […]
Post | May 14, 2019
This past Friday, President Trump announced a new round of tariffs on $200 billion dollars’ worth of goods from China, increasing the rate from 10% to 25%. On Sunday, China announced retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion dollars’ worth of US goods increasing to a rate of 20-25%.1 The so-called ‘trade war’ between the US and […]