Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

December 12, 2009

In this issue:

NEW ON CFR'S RELIGION PORTAL: WWW.CFR.ORG/RELIGION


New Blog: Walter Russell Mead

CFR's Walter Russell Mead recently began blogging about the intersection between foreign policy, domestic politics, culture, and religion at The American Interest.


CFR Resources on Afghanistan

CFR's Stephen Biddle says President Obama's announcement of a date for U.S. forces to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan and a 30,000 troop increase could draw fire from Democrats, worry Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and encourage al-Qaeda.

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UPCOMING CONFERENCE CALL


CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series

After Copenhagen: What Comes Next?

Thursday, January 14, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Michael Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment; Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, 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!

ISLAM IN EUROPE


CFR Backgrounder:

Europe: Integrating Islam

The recent minaret ban in Switzerland serves as yet another example of the ongoing Muslim assimilation problems that continue to divide Europe and its Muslim population.

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CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS


CFR Backgrounder:

Copenhagen's Many Agendas


The UN conference on climate change that began this week in Copenhagen should ideally produce new targets for emissions reductions, but experts say major countries are at odds on the ultimate goal of a new framework.

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IRAQI POLITICAL POWER-SHARING


CFR Expert Brief:

Avoiding Elections at Any Cost in Iraq

CFR's Rachel Schneller says Iraqi political factions should be given time to sort out their power-sharing rules rather than be rushed into elections in January 2010.


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INDIAN PRIME MINISTER AT CFR


CFR Meeting Archive:

A Conversation with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh


Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, speaking recently at CFR, discussed U.S.-India cooperation, Pakistan's terrorism threat, India's role in Afghanistan, and global challenges to confronting climate change.

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