In this issue:
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.
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Vice President, National Program & Outreach, CFR
CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series
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
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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.
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CFR Expert Op-ed:
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.
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CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force Report:
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.
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CFR Interactive Timeline:
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.
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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.