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Daily Times: Religious bigotry and the UN

Author: Peter Jacob

In this op-ed from Pakistan's Daily Times, Peter Jacob explores the reasons for why the UN Resolution on Defamation of Religions has caught little attention in Pakistan and recommends that the Pakistani government review its position on the resolution, pointing out that it will undermine the development in the conceptual framework and implementation of human rights.

See more in International Organizations and Alliances; Pakistan; Religion


The Eclipse of the Sunnis (Audio)

Speaker: Deborah S. Amos
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to NPR's Foreign Correspondent Deborah Amos discuss her new book Eclipse of the Sunnis, about the forced migration of the Sunnis from Iraq following the outbreak of sectarian violence in the wake of the U.S.-led invasion of the country, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

See more in Iraq; Religion

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Journal of Democracy: Do Muslims Vote Islamic?

Authors: Charles Kurzman and Ijlal Naqvi

Those who warn against efforts to promote free elections in Muslim-majority countries often point to the threat posed by Islamic parties that stand ready to use democracy against itself. Writing for the Journal of Democracy, Charles Kurzman and Ijlal Naqvi examine the historical record of Islamic parties and Muslim voters.

See more in Religion; Political Movements and Protests; Middle East and North Africa


Don't Blame The Jews

Author: Walter Russell Mead
American Interest

Walter Russell Mead discusses the history of American Christian missionaries in the Arab world and their role in shaping American public opinion.

See more in Religion; Israel


A Conversation with Desmond Tutu

Speaker: Desmond Tutu
Presider: Peggy Dulany

Watch Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus and Nobel peace laureate, discuss faith and foreign policy.

This meeting was the annual David A. Morse Lecture and was cosponsored with the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

See more in Religion; Human Rights; South Africa

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Chicago Council: Engaging Religious Communities Abroad

Authors: R. Scott Appleby, Richard Cizik, and Thomas Wright

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy just released its report, which aims to advance the understanding of religion's role in world affairs.  The study finds that religion is playing an increasingly influential role in the public sphere and recommends that the United States move beyond traditional state-to-state relations to develop policies for engaging religious communities across nations. 

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WashPost: American foreign policy's God gap

Author: David Waters

In this Washington Post op-ed, David Waters looks at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' study on religion's role in U.S. foreign policy. The study finds that America's "uncompromising Western secularism" is feeding religious extremism and recommends that U.S. foreign policy engage more broadly with all religious communities.

See more in Religion; United States