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Suzan Johnson Cook defends her work on religious freedom and explains why she left

WASHINGTON — Suzan Johnson Cook, who resigned this month as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said she left for … Continued

Christians in Middle East: U.S. attack on Syria would be detrimental

NEW YORK — As the Obama administration considers a strike in response to recent chemical attacks, the head of a … Continued

The ethics of a Syrian military intervention: The experts respond

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI’s humble courage

Andrew Medichini AP Pope Benedict XVI walks away after addressing the crowd from the window of the Pope’s summer residence … Continued

Obama’s Easter prayer: ‘There’s something about the resurrection’

On the morning of April 19, 2011, President Obama hosted the second annual Easter Prayer Breakfast. “I wanted to host … Continued

Freedom is a human idea — Alleluia!

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Engagement and peacemaking

With 200,000 American troops committed to two wars in the greater Middle East and the U.S. president leading a major … Continued

Religious freedom needs an advocate

FAITH and FOREIGN POLICY By Thomas Farr On March 30 a diverse group of scholars, policy thinkers, and religious freedom … Continued

The ‘problem’ of proselytism

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Proselytism and religious identity theft

FAITH AND FOREIGN POLICY By Thomas Farr Do religious individuals and groups possess a right to share their beliefs with … Continued

U.S. foreign policy has “got religion’ — accidentally

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

More religion in foreign policy: what the road to hell is paved with…

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

Religion: the smartest power of all

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

Spiritual leadership in politics: An indispensible ideal

Q: In the Weekly Standard, University of Virginia professor James. W. Ceaser argues that President Obama’s approval ratings are suffering, … Continued

The real Pat Robertson

By D. Michael Lindsaysociologist, Rice University Pat Robertson’s most recent comment on the devastating earthquake in Haiti reminds us that … Continued

A Global Agenda for Change in Muslim-Christian Relations

The just-completed Georgetown’s Common Word conference, Oct. 7-8, occurs at a time when the need for serious engagement and cooperation … Continued

Obama’s Approval Ratings High in Most Muslim Nations

By Jacqueline L. Salmon President Barack Obama is markedly more popular than President George W. Bush in predominately Muslim nations, … Continued

Obama Meets with Jewish Leaders

By William Wan President Obama met with top Jewish leaders in the U.S. this afternoon to assuage them about his … Continued

Faith-Based Competition

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall The meeting room at the Washington office of the Pew Forum on Religion and … Continued

Sweet Echoes from Cairo

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Vienna has a lovely tradition: once each year the Vienna Philharmonic plays at Schonbrun, … Continued