Coauthors Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah discuss their new book God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics, coauthored with Daniel Philpott, as well as religion’s recent resurgence in political influence across the globe. This discussion is part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Reza Aslan, writer and scholar of religions, discussed the recent wave of political protests throughout Egypt, Iran, and across the Middle East, and addressed Islam's role in democratization, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Charles A. Kupchan argues that a more democratic Middle East allows for a greater role by Islam in its politics, and the West should not assume that the spread of democracy in the Middle East also means the spread of Western values.
Writing in Dawn, Pakistani lawyer Asad Jamal chronicles the political pressure and flawed judicial system that lead to the suffering of innocent citizens on blasphemy charges, fracturing society more than preserving religious morality.
This survey by Pew reveals an even split between Egyptians who value a prominent role for religion in government and those who consider religion to play a small role. The poll also explores Egyptians' attitudes towards democracy and other considerations that will factor into Egypt's uncertain future.
More than five years after Danish artist Kurt Westergaard published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, lives continue to be lost. Malise Ruthven of the New York Review of Books investigates why.
Princeton N. Lyman, U.S. senior adviser for North-South negotiations at the U.S. Department of State, discusses Southern Sudan's unanimous vote to secede from the North, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Manan Ahmed argues that violence over attempts to remove Pakistan's blasphemy laws reveal less about the crass “Islamisation” of the Pakistani public, and more about an entrenched political program that routinely marshals potent symbols against critical voices.
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2011 Corporate Conference: Recaps and Highlights
To encourage the free flow of conversation, the 2011 Corporate Conference was entirely not-for-attribution; however, several conference speakers joined us for sideline interviews further exploring their areas of expertise.
Former Treasury secretary Robert E. Rubin and Nobel Laureate economist Michael Spence on the global economic outlook.
Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose and Edward Morse on energy geopolitics.