Conference Call Audio

Led by a CFR scholar and/or religious community leader, the monthly CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series gives religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers the opportunity to participate in nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on global issues.

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church

Speaker: Thomas J. Reese
Moderator: Irina A. Faskianos

Thomas J. Reese, senior analyst with the National Catholic Reporter, discusses Pope Francis’s work to date and his agenda for 2015, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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U.S.-Israel Relations

Speaker: Elliott Abrams
Moderator: Maria Casa

Elliott Abrams, CFR’s senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, discusses the state of U.S.-Israel relations in light of the Israeli elections and ongoing talks over Iran’s nuclear program, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Diplomacy and Religious Engagement: Promise and Pitfalls

Speaker: Peter Mandaville
Speaker: Sara Silvestri
Moderator: Irina A. Faskianos

Peter Mandaville, director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and professor of international affairs at George Mason University, and Sara Silvestri, senior lecturer in international politics at City University London, discuss the challenges and opportunities of diplomatic engagement with religious communities.

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U.S. Immigration Policy

Speaker: Edward Alden
Moderator: Irina A. Faskianos

Edward Alden, CFR’s Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow, elucidates President Obama’s executive order for undocumented immigrants in the United States, explaining who will be affected and how, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy and State and Local Officials Conference Call series.

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Egypt Update

Speaker: Steven A. Cook
Moderator: Maria Casa

Steven A. Cook leads a conversation on the current situation in Egypt, including Sisi's influence and the sweeping convictions handed down to Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Reactions to the Syrian Peace Conference

Speaker: Edward P. Djerejian
Moderator: Irina A. Faskianos

Edward P. Djerejian leads a conversation on the international peace negotiations in Geneva and the challenges and possible outcomes that lie ahead for Syria, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

See more in Syria; Religion