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Russia: Global Studies Units from the World Affairs Council

These units on Russia were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing Russia and the world.

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The US and Russia: Missile Defense Plans (PDF)

by World Affairs Council Seattle

These lesson plans, activities, and resources will help students who wish to examine current U.S. policy toward Russia. The focus is on current relations between the U.S. and Russia, and how this relationship is shaped by the history of the Cold War. As a specific example, it looks at the current tensions around U.S. plans to place missile defense installations in the Czech Republic and Poland.
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In this unit, students will examine the development of gas and oil fields on Russia's Sakhalin Island within the context of the Russian government's complex relations with the various stakeholders involved. From environmental issues to economic issues, from the multinational oil companies to the local island population, this is a rich topic that touches on a variety of important social studies concepts. Includes vocabulary terms and links to terrific online resources.
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Return of a Super Power

by World Affairs Council Seattle

(Return of a Super Power: How History Can Help Us Understand the Role of Energy in Russian Foreign Policy Today) Over the past ten years, changes in the Russian economy have come at an astounding pace. Recently, Russia has been called a “petro-bully,” and some Europeans have become concerned about relying on Russia for their energy supply. Through the resources and activities in this unit students will explore the role of oil and natural gas in Russia's economic rise and in Russian relations with other countries.
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Trying to See the Light: Georgia

by World Affairs Council Seattle

(Trying to See the Light: Georgia's Struggle Through Post-Soviet Transition - PDF) In this unit, we will look primarily at the situation concerning energy supply in the country of Georgia. It will help students examine the importance of energy in daily life and what happens when traditional modes of supply are suddenly severed or no longer available at previous levels of supply. While we will look primarily at the situation in Georgia, this problem is not unique to Georgia.
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