Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

May 1, 2009

In this issue:

UPCOMING CONFERENCE CALL FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS

Justifiable Wars

Thursday, May 28
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET)

CFR President Richard N. Haass will discuss the just and unjust war debate in light of his new book, War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars.


To participate in this CFR Religion and Foreign Policy 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!

CFR PRESIDENT FEATURED IN WASHINGTON POST'S "ON FAITH"

When is War Justifiable?

No decision is more fateful than the decision of a government to employ military force. Except in the most clear-cut cases, such decisions are also difficult. As a result, just war theory has for centuries provided useful guidance to policymakers, clergy, citizens, and soldiers alike. But, says CFR President Richard N. Haass, just war theory is too subjective and confining for today's real-world threats. Read more.

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Book: War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars

Op-ed: "The Iraq War in Perspective"

Op-ed: "The Return of American Realism"

CFR resources on Iraq

POPE BENEDICT'S MIDEAST JOURNEY

Vatican-Israel Relations

Experts say relations between the Vatican and Israel today have never been better. Still, trouble spots remain. In light of Pope Benedict XVI's self-described pilgrimage of peace, this CFR Backgrounder traces the history of Vatican-Israel relations and changes since the last papal visit to the Holy Lands in 2000. Read more.

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Backgrounder: U.S.-Vatican Relations

Op-ed: "A Holocaust Denier at the Church Door"

CFR.org Portal on Religion and Foreign Policy

TOWARD NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT?

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

A new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force examines the challenges that the Obama administration faces in crafting its nuclear weapons policy. Read more.

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Foreign Affairs: "The Mushroom Cloud That Wasn't"

Council Special Report: Deterring State Sponsorship of Nuclear Terrorism

Expert Testimony: CFR President Richard N. Haass on Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Book: On Nuclear Terrorism

CFR experts on Proliferation

IRAN'S CLOUT IN ISRAEL'S NEIGHBORHOOD

A Conversation with Tzipi Livni

Speaking at CFR, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni says she sees signs that some Arab leaders are siding with Israel in opposition to Iranian influence. Read more.

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Transcript: Media Conference Call with Elliott Abrams and James Hoge

Op-ed: "The Power of the First Impression"

Interactive: Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

CFR experts on Middle East

A NEW STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN

From AfPak to PakAf: A Response to the U.S. Strategy for South Asia

In this Policy Options Paper, CFR's Daniel Markey argues that a narrow focus on counterterrorism is insufficient to protect U.S. interests in South Asia and advocates a long-term approach that prioritizes engagement with Pakistan. Read more.

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CFR.org Podcast: Assessing the New Command in Afghanistan

Foreign Affairs Article: "How Dangerous Are the Taliban?"

Foreign Affairs Roundtable: "What's the Problem with Pakistan?"

CFR resources on Central Asia

100 DAYS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

The First 100 Days

CFR President Emeritus Leslie H. Gelb discusses what President Obama's first 100 days in office have revealed about his foreign policy strategy. Read more.

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

Op-ed: "Obama's Doing the Best with a Short Stack"

Op-ed: "Obama's First 100 Days"

CFR experts on Presidency, U.S. Strategy and Politics