Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

September 15, 2009

In this issue:

CFR THIS FALL


Dear Colleague:


I hope you had a wonderful summer. As we begin the fall, I invite you to explore the newest resources from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). I encourage you to visit the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy portal, www.cfr.org/religion, designed to connect the religious community to CFR's best resources on international issues.

Please look for announcements of upcoming sessions of our
Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series. For more information on the initiative or to participate in a conference call please email us at outreach@cfr.org.

Best regards,

Irina A. Faskianos

Vice President, National Program & Outreach, CFR

RELIGION AND FOREIGN POLICY CONFERENCE CALL


CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series

Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy

Thursday, September 24, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Speakers: Leonard A. Leo, Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Vice Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom


This call is part of the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series. To participate, please email outreach@cfr.org or call Elizabeth McCourt at 212.434.9535. Invitations are transferable but limited to religious leaders and scholars; please share with interested colleagues!

SWINE FLU UPDATE


CFR Interview:

Constraints Loom for Swine Flu Vaccine


David Fedson
, an international expert in flu vaccine policy, says the current global distribution system for vaccines could leave many developing countries without access to vaccines during a flu pandemic. Fedson suggests more attention be given to alternative drug therapies.

==> For more CFR resources on public health threats, click here.

ELECTIONS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD


CFR Expert Op-ed:

A Muslim Model: What Indonesia Can Teach The World


CFR expert Joshua Kurlantzick examines Indonesia's recent successful presidential elections and their stark contrast with the contested elections in Afghanistan and Iran, and explains why Indonesia can serve as a model of democracy for other Muslim nations.

==> For more CFR resources on elections around the globe, click here.

 

IMMIGRATION POLICY


CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force Report:

U.S. Immigration Policy

Chaired by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former White House chief of staff Thomas F. McClarty III, this report lays out a series of concrete, realistic recommendations for legislation and administrative reforms that would be part of an immigration policy that better serves America’s national interests.


==> For more CFR resources on immigration, click here.

U.S. WAR IN AFGHANISTAN


CFR Interactive Timeline:

U.S. War in Afghanistan

This timeline examines the events that precipitated the U.S. war in Afghanistan, the history of the war, and the contested August 20 Afghan elections.


==> For more CFR resources on Afghanistan, click here.

THE RISE OF THE NEW MUSLIM MIDDLE CLASS


CFR Book:

Forces of Fortune:The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World


Vali Nasr presents a paradigm-changing revelation that will transform the understanding of the Muslim world. Nasr reveals that there is a vital but unseen rising force in the Islamic world—a new business-minded middle class—that is building a vibrant new Muslim world economy and that holds the key to winning the cold war against Iran and extremists.