October 28th, 2010 | For more on this event, please visit: http://bit.ly/bQ17Sc
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs | Georgetown University
With the growth of religious pluralism on a global scale, freedom of religion has emerged as more than a fundamental human rights issue. It also intersects with other foreign policy challenges, including political, social, and economic development. One of the most important but most poorly understood connections is with national security.
Through the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs held a symposium on October 28, 2010 on religious freedom and US national security policy. Questions addressed include: Why should national security specialists be concerned about religious freedom? Under what conditions might greater US support for religious liberty abroad help to reduce political instability, religious radicalism and terrorist violence? When, where and why might an emphasis on religious liberty provoke negative reactions abroad that undermine American political and security interests? Might a wise and prudent religious liberty policy overcome such reactions and if so how?
The symposium discussed these and related questions in two sessions. The first session examined the presence/absence of religious freedom in US national security policy in general, with a focus on the Obama Administration's National Security Strategy document. The second session addressed the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr. Knox Thames, Director of Policy and Research, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Professor Andrew Natsios, Georgetown University; former USAID Administrator
Ambassador Touqir Hussain, Professor, Georgetown University; former Pakistani Ambassador to Brazil, Spain, and Japan
Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Moderator