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Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin
February 2013

February 2013

Reforming U.S. Drone Strike Policies

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In this new Council Special Report, CFR's Micah Zenko describes the potentially serious ramifications, both at home and abroad, of the U.S. drone program. Concerned about how drones could be used in the future by both allies and adversaries, Zenko offers policy recommendations for Washington.


Spotlight on Satpal Singh

In addition to his position as professor at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Satpal Singh serves as the chairperson of the World Sikh Council–America Region. Dr. Singh speaks on Sikh philosophy and the Sikh way of life, and participates in interfaith dialogues on diversity, religion, and peace. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and the recent recipient of the Meyerson Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring. To view his writings, click here>>

A Conversation with Ban Ki-moon

At a recent Council on Foreign Relations meeting, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon discussed the challenges and responsibilities facing the international community today. In a conversation with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, he touched upon the conflict in Syria, nuclear weapons in North Korea, and a host of other critical issues.

To watch the video from the event, click here>>

New Feature: "Ask CFR Experts"

This new feature invites members of the public to pose questions on topics related to U.S. foreign policy and international relations. CFR will highlight a question on its homepage, and all selected questions and answers by CFR experts will appear on a dedicated page. Ask a Question!

In Case You Missed It...

Listen to Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, lead religious leaders and scholars from around the country in conversation on religious diversity and cooperation in America. The basis of Patel's talk is his new book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, and his work as a Muslim interfaith adviser to the Obama administration, click here>>

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"Israel's Warlords"

In this Foreign Affairs review, Aluf Benn, editor in chief of Haaretz, compares two new books that reflect upon the Arab-Israeli conflict and the preference of Israel's military for the use of force over diplomacy. In his review, Benn makes the case that the persistence of the conflict is the result of more than just Israel's bureaucratic politics.

Read more from the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs>>