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

Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.

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

Costs of War
Provides a comprehensive analysis
 of the total human, economic, social, and political costs of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Includes statistics, graphs, and links to scholarly papers.

Foreign Policy
A leading mainstream publication on international affairs topics.

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

Council on Foreign Relations
Provides resources on global issues, including development, security, health, human rights, and terrorism.

United Nations
The official website of the United Nations.

United States Department of State
Offers information on U.S. foreign policy.


Andreas, Peter. Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). 472 pages.

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

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

Nye, Joseph S., Jr. Is the American Century Over? (Malden: Polity Press, 2015). 152 pages.

Parmar, Inderjeet, Linda B. Miller, and Mark Ledwidge, eds. Obama and the World: New Directions in U.S. Foreign Policy, Second Edition. (New York: Routledge, 2014). 342 pages.

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