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United States Institute of Peace: Rebuilding Civil Society in Afghanistan

Authors: Christina Caan and Scott Worden

The following article is a summary of views expressed by George Devendorf, the director of Public Affairs for Mercy Corps; and Tilly Reed, the chief of party in Afghanistan for Counterpart International at a panel convened by United States Institute of Peace to discuss the status and prospects of the development of civil society in Afghanistan.

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Washington Institute: 'Bad Veils' and Arrested Scholars: Iran's Fear of a Velvet Revolution

Author: Mehdi Khalaji

This report from the Washington Institute argues that there remains considerable potential for a ‘velvet revolution’ from within Iran. It argues that religious leaders in Iran worry that the Islamic revolution's enemies could recruit people through nongovernmental organizations dedicated to humanitarian, child welfare, trade union, environmental, and antidrug issues. Accordingly, any social or cultural activity outside the regime's supervision remains subject to suspicion, especially in the wake of the "color" revolutions that led to the replacement of leaders inGeorgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan--countries close to Iran's borders.

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The Nexus of Religion and Foreign Policy: The Global Rise of Pentecostalism [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Speaker: Luis Lugo
Presider: Walter Russell Mead

Pentecostalism is the fastest-growing segment of global Christianity, representing at least a quarter of the world’s 2 billion Christians. As the evangelical movement spreads, it is bumping up against established religions like Islam in Africa and Roman Catholicism in Latin America. In this meeting, part of the Council’s Nexus of Religion and Foreign Policy initiative, Luis Lugo and Walter Mead discuss the rapid growth of this movement and what it portends for U.S. foreign policy as well as international relations throughout the world.

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