international relations

An Opportunity for Change: A Hillary Clinton Presidency and 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

Islamic Roots of the Middle East's Trust Deficit

By: Timur Kuran

World travelers saw the Middle East as a “low trust” region well before the World Values Survey began, in 1981, to compare levels of trust across societies through scientific techniques. According to the survey and related research, trust among Middle Eastern individuals is low enough to limit commercial transactions to people who know each other either personally or through mutual acquaintances. Trust in institutions is low as well; it makes individuals personalize their interactions with government agencies, and even their dealings with private companies, by seeking the intermediation of a flesh-and-blood person with appropriate connections.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/islamic-roots-of-the-middle-easts-trust-deficit

Time to Step Up Our Military Offensive Against ISIS

By: William Inboden

The Islamic State group’s terrorist assault on Brussels was a shock but not a surprise. Since last November’s attacks in Paris, American and European counterterrorism officials knew that ISIS members and sympathizers in Paris, Brussels, and other European cities were plotting further violence. But despite the courage and devotion of countless European intelligence and law enforcement professionals, the European counterterrorism system was overwhelmed by too many would-be jihadists to track, too many potential plots to monitor, and too many civilian targets to protect.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/time-to-step-up-our-military-offensive-against-isis

"Preserving What ISIS Sought to Erase"—After the Genocide Declaration

By: Alberto M. Fernandez

On March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of State joined a wide spectrum of other organizations in declaring that the Islamic State had carried out genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shi’a Muslims under its control. This welcome declaration came after weeks of handwringing in the Obama administration about whether or not there was enough evidence for such a designation. The U.S. House of Representatives, unanimously, and the EU Parliament had already made that decision.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/preserving-what-isis-sought-to-eraseafter-the-genocide-declaration

The Moral Imperative to Prevent—Not Just Name—Genocide

By: M. Zuhdi Jasser

As the threat of ISIS rages on, and the terror organization continues to target minorities—especially minority Yezidis, Muslims, Christians, and women—it is natural and right for the world to classify ISIS as genocidal, and treat their crimes accordingly.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/the-moral-imperative-to-preventnot-just-namegenocide