Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

March 5, 2009

In this issue:

AMERICAN POWER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

CFR Book:
Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy

Inspired by Machiavelliís classic The Prince, Leslie H. Gelb offers illuminating guidelines on how American power actually works and should be wielded in todayís tumultuous world. Read more.

DARFUR AND INTERNAL POLITICS IN SUDAN

CFR Backgrounder:
Sudan's Fractured Foundations

U.S. policy separates the crisis in Darfur from instability in south Sudan. However, there are growing calls to address Sudan's problems in a more unified way to help forestall a feared new escalation of violence. Read more.

More from CFR:

Daily Analysis: After Indictment, Sudan's New Trial

Washington Post Op-ed: "A Chance to Sway Sudan" by Michael Gerson

Interactive: Crisis Guide: Darfur

CFR Meeting Video: Symposium on International Law and Justice: Evolving Norms and U.S. Responses

CFR Experts on Sudan

CLINTON IN CHINA

CFR Daily Analysis:
The Beijing Dance

Hillary Clinton's diplomatic agenda in China was guided by the need to maintain the world's most important bilateral economic relationship. Yet climate change, Taiwan, Tibet, and Beijing's human rights record pose longstanding challenges that also demand attention. Read more.

More from CFR:

Interactive Timeline: U.S Relations with China

Foreign Affairs Podcast: Center Stage for the Twenty-first Century

CFR Experts on China

THE END OF GUANTANAMO

CFR Backgrounder:
How to Close Guantanamo

President Obama has announced his intention to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. But he faces tough choices on where to send inmates and how to prosecute the most serious terrorist suspects. Read more.

More from CFR:

Working Paper: War About Terror-Civil Liberties and National Security After 9/11

Backgrounder: Judging Guantanamo-The Court, Congress, and the White House

Online Debate: Civilian Courts for Enemy Combatants?

Council Special Report: Avoiding Transfers to Torture

CFR Experts on International Law and Human Rights

THE ISRAELI POLITICAL PROCESS

CFR Interview:
Prospects for a Centrist "Grand Coalition" in Israel

Gerald Steinberg, adviser to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, says many in Israel would prefer that Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the Likud Party, form "a broad, centrist-based coalition" with Tzipi Livni of Kadima and Ehud Barak of Labor, but that a right-wing coalition may be easier to obtain. Read more.

More from CFR:

Weekly Standard Op-ed: "The Path of Realism or the Path of Failure" by Elliott Abrams

Backgrounder: Israel's Political System

Interactive: Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

CFR Experts on Israel

UPCOMING RELIGION AND FOREIGN POLICY CONFERENCE CALL

Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Managing Change, Building a New Kind of Partnership

Thursday, March 12, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, CFR

Tamara Coffman Wittes, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution


To participate in this conference call, please email outreach@cfr.org or call Jessica Brandt at 212.434.9573. Invitations are transferable, but limited to religious and congregational leaders and scholars; please share with interested colleagues!