Iraq

Christian Persecution in the Midst of Chaos: The Cauldron of Iraq and Syria

By Kent Hill

How have Christians in Iraq and Syria responded to the persecution, conflict, and anarchy, and why have they chosen which response?  Why one response is chosen over another is invariably a complicated and sometimes mysterious interplay between that which they can control and that which they cannot. At different times, different responses are called for.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/4/17/christian-persecution-in-the-midst-of-chaos-the-cauldron-of-iraq-and-syria

Three Ways the 45th President Can Advance International Religious Freedom

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

Congress, a Rabbi, and Vladimir Putin Walk into a Bar: Religious Freedom and the Clinton Presidency

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

Can Donald Trump Protect the Christians Obama Abandoned?

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

A Flicker of Hope? Implications of the Genocide Designation for Religious Minorities in Iraq

By: Jeremy P. Barker

In the summer of 2014, ISIS captured international headlines when it became clear that the group was no longer simply concerned with fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Its objective was solidifying control of new territory in an attempt to create a so-called Islamic State and reinstate the caliphate.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/a-flicker-of-hope-implications-of-the-genocide-designation-for-religious-minorities-in-iraq