Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

January 1, 2009

In this issue:

CFR IN 2009

Dear Colleague:

Happy New Year! As we begin the second half of our 2008-2009 Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative program year, I invite you to explore the newest offerings from CFR. Our bulletin this month highlights a wealth of resources on the continuing crisis in Gaza, as well as materials on the presidential transition; we hope you will use CFR to keep abreast of developments. Next week, we will announce
the winter/spring schedule for our monthly Religion and Foreign Policy conference call series. For more information, please contact us at outreach@cfr.org. We look forward to your participation in the coming months.

Best regards,

Irina A. Faskianos
Vice President, National Program & Outreach

RICHARD N. HAASS ON MSNBC

CFR President Haass urges diplomatic follow-up to Israeli incursion in Gaza, on Morning Joe.

Watch video.

CFR-SABAN CENTER PROJECT: MIDDLE EAST DIPLOMACY

Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President

In Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President, experts from the CFR and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution propose a new, nonpartisan Middle East strategy drawing on the lessons of past failures to address both the short-term and long-term challenges to U.S. interests.

CFR EXPERT INTERVIEW: WHAT GAZA MEANS FOR OBAMA

Assessing the Gaza Flare-Up

CFR Senior Fellow Steven Cook says the latest outbreak of violence in the Gaza Strip raises the stakes for the incoming Obama administration as it formulates a new strategy for the region.

CFR.ORG BACKGROUNDER: HAMAS

Hamas

A profile of Hamas, the Sunni Muslim Palestinian extremist group based in the Gaza Strip.

CFR CONFERENCE CALL ARCHIVE: VIOLENCE IN GAZA

Violence in Gaza

Speakers:

STEVEN A. COOK, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

DANIEL SENOR, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

BERNARD GWERTZMAN, Consulting Editor, CFR.org

Listen to CFR Middle East experts discuss the implications of the recent surge in violence in the Gaza strip.

CFR.ORG INTERACTIVE: ISRAEL/PALESTINE

Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

An in-depth, multimedia look at the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its geopolitical repercussions.