Supplemental Materials

The U.S. Role in a Changing World

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.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

Scholars Online
Bring university scholars into your classrooms with video featuring top scholars answering specific question in his or her field of expertise.

Graphic Organizers

PowerPoint of Political Cartoons
For use with the lesson “Interpreting Political Cartoons.”

Teaching with the News
Choices' Teaching with the News program provides online lessons and resources on a range of current international issues.

Online Ballot: The U.S. Role in the World

Web Links

Foreign Policy
A leading mainstream publication on international affairs topics.

Online NewsHour
A PBS news program with in-depth interviews with world leaders.

Terrorism Questions and Answers
A Council on Foreign Relations website that offers resources related to terrorism.

United Nations
The official website of the United Nations.

United States Department of State
Offers information on U.S. policy on the international issues faced by the United States.


Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1999). 496 pages.

Friedman, Thomas. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2009). 528 pages.

Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998). 368 pages.

Gellner, Ernest and John Breully. Nations and Nationalism, second edition. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009). 152 pages.

Mearsheimer, John. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003). 576 pages.

Sen, Amartya. Development as Freedom (Knopf: New York, 1999). 366 pages.