Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

September 7, 2007

In this issue:

WELCOME TO CFR

Dear Colleague:

As we begin our 2007-2008 Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative program year, I invite you to explore the newest resources from CFR. Below you will find the fall schedule for our Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series, as well as links to select CFR publications and CFR.org backgrounders and expert interviews. For more information or to participate, please contact us at outreach@cfr.org.

Best regards,

Irina A. Faskianos
Vice President, National Program & Outreach

CFR RELIGION AND FOREIGN POLICY CONFERENCE CALL SERIES

2007 Fall Schedule

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series seeks to engage religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers from across the country in cross-denominational conversations on global issues. Each call, led by a CFR expert or religious leader, provides a nonpartisan forum for discussion on topics at the nexus of religion and foreign policy.


Islamic Education in America

Tuesday, September 11, 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: HAMZA YUSUF, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Zaytuna Institute


Religion and the Open Society

Wednesday, October 17, 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: WALTER RUSSELL MEAD, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, CFR; Author, God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World


The Promotion of Religious Freedom

Wednesday, November 7, 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: DAVID SAPERSTEIN, Director and Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism


The Role of Religion in America's Great Foreign Policy Challenges

Thursday, December 13, 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: MICHAEL J. GERSON, Roger Hertog Senior Fellow, CFR; Author, Heroic Conservatism


To participate in a conference call, please email outreach@cfr.org or call Jessica Brandt at 212-434-9573. Invitations are transferable; please share with interested colleagues!

NEW CFR BOOK: AFRICA

Beyond Humanitarianism: What You Need to Know About Africa and Why It Matters

Editors: PRINCETON N. LYMAN, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, CFR
PATRICIA LEE DORFF, Director for CFR Publishing, CFR

This citizen’s guide to the complex issues and conflicts on the continent clarifies what’s at stake in Africa’s future. It addresses underlying trends -- such as the growth of democracy, the rising activity of China, and the political and economic prospects for the countries of Africa, as well as regional conflicts and terrorist threats there -- and provides an absorbing look at Africa’s emergence as a strategic player.

CFR EXPERT OP-ED: ISLAMIST VICTORY IN TURKEY

"Cheering an Islamist Victory"

Author: STEVEN A. COOK, Douglas Dillon Fellow, CFR

July 26, 2007
The Boston Globe

CFR fellow Steven Cook discusses why the Justice and Development Party's victory in the Turkish elections will be beneficial for U.S.-Turkey relations.

NEW CFR.ORG EXPERT INTERVIEW: PREVENTING HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA

"Experts Face Tricky Task in Preventing HIV/AIDS in Africa"

Interviewee: LAURIE GARRETT, Senior Fellow for Global Health, CFR

CFR fellow Laurie Garrett discusses Botswana’s infant formula policy debacle and its implications for other innovative efforts for fighting HIV/AIDS.