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September 2017

Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin

 
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This month's Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin features articles on the U.S. relationship with its closest allies from the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs, the seventieth anniversary of Indian and Pakistani independence, and CFR resources on religion in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES

Trudeau's Trump Bump
 
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MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

 

In a Foreign Affairs essay, writer Jonathan Kay describes how the Canadian public's perception of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become more positive since the Trump administration took office, noting that Canadians have become "more conscious of the pluralistic values that inform their society." Read more at ForeignAffairs.com »

 
Berlin's Balancing Act
 

Stefan Theil of Handelsblatt Global Magazine presents the new challenges facing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who finds herself cast into a global leadership role that her postwar predecessors typically avoided, as the new U.S. administration calls traditional Western alliances into question. Read more at ForeignAffairs.com »

 
Trump's Gift to Japan
 

Writing about the emerging geopolitical issues facing Japan, Takako Hikotani of Columbia University explains how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is engaging with the Trump administration while championing free trade and environmental protection. Read more at ForeignAffairs.com »

 

CFR at the Religion News Association Conference

CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy program will be exhibiting at the Religion News Association's annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, from September 7–9. Please stop by our booth in the exhibitor hall if you are attending!

 

INDIA AND PAKISTAN AT SEVENTY

India's Unfinished Business
 
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ADNAN ABIDI / REUTERS

 

CFR Senior Fellow Alyssa Ayres reviews India's successes and shortfalls on the seventieth anniversary of its independence, covering GDP growth, public health, literacy efforts, social inclusion, and the tension between secularism and Hindu nationalism. Read more at CFR.org »

 
Pakistan's Democracy After Sharif
 

In the years since independence and partition, Pakistan has "improvised a dance between hope for democracy and passive support for military power," writes Kiran Nazish of New America, noting that the circumstances surrounding the corruption trial and subsequent resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif due to revelations from the Panama Papers are no exception. Read more at ForeignAffairs.com »

 
India at Seventy
 

Marking India's seven-decade milestone, Madhav Khosla of the Harvard Society of Fellows and Milan Vaishnav of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace explore how "India's democratic journey is an inversion of the standard Western process of democratization." Read more at ForeignAffairs.com »

 

State and Local Diplomacy

In this Policy Innovation Memorandum, CFR Senior Fellow Alyssa Ayres writes in favor of creating an office within the State Department that would "facilitate and provide advisory support to international trade delegations, sister-city linkages, and networks being pursued by American cities and states."

 

RELIGION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa
 

In this short January 2017 Foreign Affairs essay, Nicolas van de Walle of Cornell University reviews Harvard Divinity School Professor Ousmane Oumar Kane's book Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa, noting that the region has been more important to the development of Islam than it is often considered. Read more at ForeignAffairs.com »

 
New African Cardinal from Mali
 
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MALIN PALM/REUTERS

 

In this blog post, CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell considers the factors that led Pope Francis to elevate Jean Zerbo, the former archbishop of Bamako, Mali, to the College of Cardinals, given his relatively advanced age and the fact that Catholics only comprise 1.5 percent of Mali's population. Read more at CFR.org »

 
Ending South Sudan's Civil War
 

Katherine Almquist Knopf of the National Defense University's Africa Center for Strategic Studies discusses the social and political factors at play in South Sudan's civil war, and options for ending the violence, in this CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call. To listen to the call and to learn more about the series, visit www.cfr.org/rfp-calls, subscribe to the Religion and Foreign Policy podcast, or contact outreach@cfr.org to sign up for future events. Listen at www.cfr.org/rfp-calls »

 

ABOUT CFR

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Founded in 1921, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.

 

ABOUT CFR’S RELIGION AND FOREIGN POLICY PROGRAM

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy program serves as a resource for the faith community, bringing together congregational and lay leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations for conversations on issues at the intersection of religion and global affairs. For more information, contact CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy program at 212.434.9737 or outreach@cfr.org.

 
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