CIRIS’s Judd Birdsall Publishes Recommendations on Religion and Diplomacy for Next US President
CIRIS managing director Judd Birdsall has published an article entitled ‘Keep the Faith: How American Diplomacy Got Religion, and How to Keep It‘ in the summer 2016 issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs.
In his article, Birdsall argues that “any discussion of post-Obama U.S. international religious freedom (IRF) policy needs to acknowledge two basic structural realities. First, the State Department’s IRF Office is arguably the strongest and healthiest it has ever been. Second, the State Department as a whole is more institutionally attentive to religion than at any time in living memory. The next administration will have the duty and opportunity to consider afresh where IRF fits—conceptually, practically, and bureaucratically—within the State Department’s greatly expanded architecture for religion and diplomacy.”
The full summer 2016 issue of the journal, with its collection of essays on “Faith, Freedom, and Foreign Policy: Recommendations for the Next President,” is available here.
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