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Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act

  • Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act

November 9, 2018

Welcome and Introductions: Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute and David Corey, Assistant Director, Baylor in Washington

Stories from the Front Lines: Tears Are Not Enough:
Moderator: Paul Marshall, Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom, Baylor University

Pari Ibrahim, Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation; Sam Naeem, Rohingya Muslim Advocate, Myanmar; Bob Fu, President, China Aid

Keynote Address Featuring Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback


Has IRFA Succeeded? Lessons from the First 20 Years
Moderator: Allen Hertzke, Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma
Anna Su, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law; John Hanford, former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom; William Inboden, Director, Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas; Suzan Johnson Cook, former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

Keynote Address: Religious Freedom: Why It’s Worth Fighting For: Professor Robert P. George

Special Recognition: Robert Seiple, first U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

Overcoming Barriers to U.S. Policy on International Religious Freedom: A Conversation

David Saperstein, former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom and Robert George, former chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Where Do We Go from Here?

Moderator: Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute

Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame University; Rebecca Shah, Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute; David Little, Research Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

Closing Reflections: Timothy Shah, Director of the South & Southeast Asia Action Team, Religious Freedom Institute

 

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  Opening Keynote Address:  Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

Opening Keynote Address: Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

This event is co-sponsored by the Religious Freedom Institute and Baylor in Washington. 


Agenda: 

9:00 am: Welcome and Introduction: Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute and David Corey, Assistant Director, Baylor in Washington

9:15 am: Opening Keynote Address: Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom 

9:45am – 11:00 am: Panel 1: Stories from the Front Lines: Tears Are Not Enough

  • Pari Ibrahim, Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation

  • Sam Naeem, Rohingya Muslim, Myanmar

  • Bob Fu, President, China Aid

  • Moderator: Paul Marshall, Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom, Baylor University

11:00am – 11:10am: Coffee Break

11:10am – 12:25pm: Panel 2: Has IRFA Succeeded? Lessons from the First 20 Years

  • Anna Su, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

  • John Hanford, former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

  • William Inboden, Director, Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas

  • Suzan Johnson Cook, former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

  • Moderator: Allen Hertzke, Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma

12:25pm -12:45pm : Lunch Break

12:45pm-1:15pm: Lunchtime Keynote Address: Religious Freedom: Why It’s Worth Fighting For: Professor Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

1:15pm - 1:30pm: Special Recognition: Robert Seiple, first U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Keynote Conversation: Overcoming Barriers to U.S. Policy on International Religious Freedom: A Conversation with David Saperstein, former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom and Robert George, former chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

2:30pm – 2:45pm: Coffee Break

2:45pm – 4:00pm: Panel 3: Where Do We Go from Here?

  • Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame University

  • Rebecca Shah, Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute

  • David Little, Research Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

  • Moderator: Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute

4:00pm – 4:15 pm: Closing reflections: Timothy Shah, Director, South and Southeast Asia Action Team, Religious Freedom Institute