international affairs

Slow Train Coming – Religious Freedom and a New Democratic President

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.

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Why the U.S. Should Maintain a Close Partnership with Saudi Arabia

By: William Inboden

In April, President Barack Obama headed to Riyadh as the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia approached one of its lowest points since World War II. The Saudis regard current American policies in the region as disengaged, erratic, and overly solicitous of Iran. On the other hand, the Obama administration sees Riyadh as backward, parochial, and unhelpfully opposed to the Iran nuclear deal.

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Religious Freedom Abroad: A Road Map of Deterioration

By: Robert P. George

By any measure, religious freedom abroad has been under serious and sustained assault since the release of our commission’s last annual report in 2015. From the plight of new and longstanding prisoners of conscience, to the dramatic rise in the numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, to the continued acts of bigotry against Jews and Muslims in Europe, and to the other abuses detailed in the 2016 annual report, there was no shortage of attendant suffering worldwide. 

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American Unexceptionalism in Religious Freedom Promotion

By: Dennis Hoover

In its classic form, American exceptionalism is the notion that the United States has a special destiny given by divine providence to be the world’s example, vanguard, and champion of liberty—including a particular priority on religious liberty. But today more than ever, religious freedom needs all the friends it can get. America cannot and should not stand alone in defending this fundamental right. Fortunately, help is on the way. Indeed, June featured two milestones in a growing global movement to promote international religious freedom (IRF).

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