In this issue:
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 expert or religious community leader, provides a nonpartisan forum for discussion on topics at the nexus of religion and foreign policy.
Tuesday, May 15
4:00 to 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Speaker: SALAM AL-MARAYATI
Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
To participate in a conference call, please email email@example.com or call Marjorie Brands at 212-434-9564. Conference call participation is transferable, please forward the invitation to interested colleagues.
Author: ROBERT I. ROTBERG, Director, Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
While Nigeria has the potential to be a successful case study of economic and political reform and religious cooperation, it faces serious problems, including corruption, internal unrest, an HIV/AIDS epidemic, and a struggling economy. As this Council Special Report makes clear, the stakes are large: The Nigerian elections that took place this week will dramatically affect this critical country’s prospects -- which in turn will dramatically affect the future of all of Africa.
GENEIVE ABDO, Senior Analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies
STEVEN A. COOK, Douglas Dillon Fellow, CFR
MARK TESSLER, Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science; Director of the International Institute; Vice Provost for International Affairs, University of Michigan
STEVEN SIMON, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR (Presiding)