2020 Model Senate

Resource Guide

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Resources

The 2020 Model Senate Committee on Foreign Relations topic briefing paper is an introductory overview on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  The paper includes a brief overview of the Roles and Responsibilities of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, including a current list of members. The paper includes a set of questions to consider and a helpful glossary of terms.  All students should read through the background briefing paper and use the included questions and resources on this page to help guide their research.  Click here to download.

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations - The main website for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Access information about past and upcoming hearings, in addition to press releases. 
  • Research a Senator - Use this link for current Senators' contact information as well as links to related information such as biographical profiles and statistics. 
  • U.S. Senate: Types of Legislation - Webpage that lists the four types of legislation that the Senate can pass.
  • Gov-Track - A non-partisan website with full access to all proposed bills, laws and resolutions.
  • Council on Foreign Relations - A bi-partisan think-tank specializing in foreign policy issues.
  • Foreign Policy - A global magazine specializing in foreign policy issues.
  • Glossary of Terms - A link to a helpful glossary of Senate-related terms.



The Ongoing Political Crisis with Iran (Subcommittee On Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism)

A History of U.S.-Iran RelationsPenn Today (2020)

A brief historical analysis of U.S. and Iranian economic and political relations and how this drastically changed after the 1979 revolution in Iran and what that ultimately means for modern diplomacy for the two countries.

US-Iran tensions: Timeline of events leading to Soleimani killingAljazeera (2020)

Gives detailed information on U.S.-Iran key events since 2018, such as the withdrawal of the Nuclear Deal with Iran and its repercussions, that lead to the hostility and murderer of Soleimani in the beginning of 2020.

U.S.-Iran RelationsCQ Researcher (2019)

Comprehensive guide to Trump’s policy decisions and sanctions against Iran and their results on the Iranian government and citizens.

Frenemies: a story of Iran, Israel and the United States (2:32)YouTube (2015)

Gives Insight to intergovernmental relations between the three countries.

U.S. and Iran’s rocky history explained in five minutes - YouTube (2019)

Historical timeline of U.S.-Iran relations since 1953.

Are the U.S. and Iran Really on the Brink of WarThe United States Institute of Peace (2020)

Outlines differences/strengths between the two countries and the potential outcome of full-on war.

Stuck in the middle: Iraq and the enduring conflict between United States and IranBrookings (2020)

The heavy costs and consequences of the tension between the U.S. and Iran as well as how much Iraq will be affected by the fight.

What young Iranians think about the latest US-Iran conflictVox (2020)

Offers alternative account of the general opinions of Iranian citizens of the U.S. and their own government.

Understanding Iranian Foreign PolicyThe Middle East Institute (2012)

Analyzes Iranian foreign policy in terms of the values they hold for themselves and the surrounding countries.

US-Iran relations: A cloudy 2020 forecastAtlantic Council (2020)

Underlines pretenses in both the US and Iran’s negotiations going further.

Before Soleimani’s death, concerns about Iran had fallen in many countries – including the U.S.Pew Research Center, FactTank  (2020)

Statistical evidence that Iranian-US tensions were not as high before the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, includes international disapproval of US’s withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.


Migration in the Western Hemisphere (Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues)


Cybersecurity and Election Interference (Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy)