Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

October 20, 2009

In this issue:

UPCOMING CONFERENCE CALL


CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series

Update on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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

Speaker: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR


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!

PUBLIC EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN


CFR Backgrounder:

Pakistan: Education and Extremism

Pakistan's poor public education system has been exploited by extremist groups, which has slowed the country's development. Analysts say education reform is an essential element in stabilizing the country.

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NEW U.S. POLICY TOWARD SUDAN


CFR Interview:

Seeking a New Path to Stability in Sudan

Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, says that the United States will only offer incentives to Khartoum if it ends atrocities in Darfur, implements the peace agreement between North and South Sudan, and prevents Sudan from becoming a haven for terrorism.

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PANDEMIC INFLUENZA


CFR Symposium:

Pandemic Influenza: The Science, Economics, and Foreign Policy

CFR recently hosted a three-part symposium, cosponsored with Science Magazine, on the science, economics, and foreign policy related to pandemic influenza. To watch video, listen to audio, and read transcripts of symposium sessions, click here.

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ISRAEL'S ECONOMIC SUCCESS


CFR Book:

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

Authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer show why Israelís policies on immigration, research and development, and military service have been key factors in Israel's economic success.

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AFGHAN ELECTION RUNOFF


CFR Interview:

Ending the Afghan Election Crisis

President Hamid Karzai's decision to stand for a runoff vote on November 7 was seen as a victory for Western diplomats; however, Peter M. Manikas, who monitored the August election for the National Democratic Institute, says the challenges to executing a legitimate runoff will be monumental.

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