Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin
September 2013

September 2013

A Global Venture to Counter Violent Extremism

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(Muslim funeral for a victim of the carnage at Nairobi's Westgate mall/Courtesy Reuters)


In this CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum Ed Husain, CFR senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, argues for the creation of a global venture to counter violent extremism. For him, it is crucial that the United States and its partners assist local and community organizations attempting to counter radical narratives by providing financial aid, supporting moderate voices, and "puncturing the popular perception that the United States is at war with Islam."

Spotlight on Religion Scholar John Carlson

John D. Carlson is associate professor of religious studies at Arizona State University, where he also serves as associate director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. His research explores how religious and ethical ideas influence our understanding of political life. Dr. Carlson is using CFR President Richard N. Haass's book War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars in his "Religion, War, and Peace" class to teach a unit on realism. He is the author of more than twenty articles and book chapters; his most recent book is From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America. Dr. Carlson's reflection on the Syria crisis, "Just War as Punishment," appears this week at




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