By Travis Wussow and Matthew Hawkins
While both candidates have talked in vague terms about combatting the Islamic State, neither has enunciated a vision for promoting religious freedom as a common good that is severely deficient across the world. This need not be the case. Here are three ways the 45th president can leverage existing resources to advance this strategic value as an essential part of American foreign policy
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/3/three-ways-the-45th-president-can-advance-international-religious-freedom
By Isaac Six
While Clinton’s comments may have only publicly confirmed a phenomenon that is accepted as a given by many practitioners of foreign policy, namely that human rights issues always play second or third fiddle to economic and security concerns, her statement was a rare public affirmation of the realpolitik approach which has defined much of Clinton’s career. It also helps us understand to a great degree Clinton’s likely approach to human rights generally, and issues of international religious freedom (IRF) more specifically, as president.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/3/an-opportunity-for-change-a-hillary-clinton-presidency-and-international-religious-freedom
By Steve Oshana
Not all religious persecution is created equal and, more often than not, the response of an administration comes down to a matter of reconciling American foreign policy interests with the humanitarian interests of a just and decent country. Sadly, there’s a calculus, one that dictates we look the other way at religious persecution when the perpetrator is an American ally, and unfortunately for religious freedom activists, some of the worst global actors happen to be allies of the United States. If there’s one word to describe Hillary Clinton that would be met with near unanimous agreement it’s that she is calculating, some would say to a fault.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/1/congress-a-rabbi-and-vladimir-putin-walk-into-a-bar-religious-freedom-and-the-clinton-presidency
By Johnnie Moore
While there is much, and justified, concern within the humanitarian and security communities about the potential effects of Donald Trump’s rhetoric in further facilitating a “holy war” narrative within the Middle East, it would be wrong to view rhetoric alone as our only foreign policy consideration.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/1/can-donald-trump-protect-the-christians-obama-abandoned
By Alberto Fernandez
A Hillary Clinton Administration promises a return to the Washington consensus of the foreign policy elite in a way that neither an Obama Administration did nor a potential Trump Administration promised. This new administration will face immediate challenges involving Russia, the Middle East, China, and the seeming unraveling of the international world order. And while international religious freedom, as a standalone objective, can match any of these priorities, it impacts and influences many of them.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/31/slow-train-coming-religious-freedom-and-a-new-democratic-president