Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

June 1, 2009

In this issue:

JUST, UNJUST, AND JUSTIFIABLE WARS: A CONVERSATION WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS

 

Just war theory has for centuries provided useful guidance to policymakers, clergy, citizens, and soldiers alike. But is just war theory is too subjective and confining for today's real-world threats?

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

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OBAMA AND THE NEW U.S.-MUSLIM DIALOGUE

 

CFR Mideast expert Steven A. Cook says President Obama's Cairo speech effectively addressed issues at the core of U.S.-Muslim tensions. But sustaining a constructive dialogue will be a challenge, he says. Read more.

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OP-ED: "How Obama Should Speak to the Muslim World," by Richard N. Haass and Elliott Abrams

INTERVIEW: Former diplomat Edward Djerejian on The Policy Hurdles Beyond Cairo

OP-ED: "From Ayman Nour, a Question for Obama," by Michael Gerson

PRESIDENTIAL POWER IN IRAN

 

In the aftermath of the contested presidential vote, the power balance between Iran's clergy and its government could crumble. This Backgrounder explains their historical relationship. Read more.

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INTERACTIVE: Timeline: U.S.-Iran Relations Since World War II

OP-ED: "Five Ways Obama Could Promote Freedom in Iran," by Daniel Senor

BOOK: Guardians of the Revolution-Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs, by Ray Takeyh

INTERVIEW: Arang Keshavarzian on Crisis of Legitimacy in Iran

THE MIDEAST PEACE PROCESS

 

Mideast expert Aaron David Miller says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on June 14 was less about Arab-Israeli peace than pursuing the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Read more.

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OP-ED: "Why Obama Should Listen to Bibi," by Leslie H. Gelb

OP-ED: "Why Obama Should Keep the Heat on Israel" by Peter Beinart

OP-ED: "Bibi Speaks," by Elliott Abrams

OP-ED: "Why Israel Won't Attack Iran" by Steven A. Cook

HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA TWENTY YEARS AFTER TIANANMEN

 

Six experts reflect on China's trajectory since the 1989 bloody crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Beijing, including its breathtaking economic growth and mounting strains caused by a lack of political reforms. Read more.

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INTERVIEW: New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof on Prospects for Political Change in China

INTERACTIVE: U.S. Relations with China

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ARTICLE: "The G-2 Mirage--Why the United States and China Are Not Ready to Upgrade Ties"

ISSUE GUIDE: China's Role in the World