Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

March 19, 2007

In this issue:

Dear Colleague:

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative, I would like to introduce the Council's new Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin, a monthly e-newsletter for religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers, that highlights resources on topics at the nexus of religion and foreign policy. This month's bulletin includes upcoming sessions of the Council's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series, new publications, CFR.org resources, and other items of potential interest. I hope that you will find this bulletin to be useful in the important work you are doing.

Regards,

Irina A. Faskianos
Vice President, National Program & Outreach
Council on Foreign Relations

CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series

Convened monthly, this conference call series connects religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers from across the country in cross-denominational conversations on global issues.  Each call, led by a Council scholar or fellow, provides a nonpartisan forum for discussion on topics at the nexus of religion and foreign policy. 


U.N. Reform: Building Will and Capacity to Prevent More Darfurs

Wednesday, March 21, 2007
4:00-4:30 p.m.


Speaker: LEE FEINSTEIN
Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and International Law; and Executive Director, Task Force Program, CFR; Author, Council Special Report Darfur and Beyond: What is Needed to Prevent Mass Atrocities


The New Middle East

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
4:00-4:30 p.m.

Speaker: RICHARD N. HAASS
President, CFR; Author, "The New Middle East," Foreign Affairs, November/December 2006


To participate in a conference call, please email outreach@cfr.org or call Marjorie Brands at 212-434-9564. Conference calls are transferable, please forward the invitation to interested colleagues.

NEW CFR REPORT: PREVENTING MASS ATROCITIES

Council Special Report Darfur and Beyond: What is Needed to Prevent Mass Atrocities

Author: Lee Feinstein, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and International Law; and Executive Director, Task Force Program, CFR

This report argues that the new UN secretary-general should take the General Assembly's endorsement of responsibility to protect as a mandate and as a mission statement, and makes a number of recommendations for the United States and others to build a sustainable capacity for genocide prevention that is substantial enough to deal with inevitable crises, but sustainable given other national security demands.

NEW CFR BOOK: HIDDEN IRAN

Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic

Author: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, CFR

For more than a quarter of a century, few countries have been as resistant to American influence or understanding as Iran. With the new hard-line Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making incendiary pronouncements and pressing for nuclear development, the consequences of not understanding Iran have never been higher. Hidden Iran points toward a new way of managing America’s relationship with Iran, making a persuasive case that the countries’ differing world views need not lead inexorably to conflict.