The U.S. and Religious Communities Abroad


Religious communities around the world exercise extraordinary influence on every aspect of life, including government, education, health care, business, and culture. These groups include virulent anti-American extremists as well as devout ‘militants for peace and justice.’ In the middle are millions of believers who would welcome an open palm from the United States rather than a clenched fist.

In the latest posts in Peace Policy, Kroc's online journal: 

  • R. Scott Appleby argues that it’s in the United States’ best interest to understand global religion and integrate these insights into foreign policy planning.
  • Atalia Omer says the United States must not ignore alternative Jewish voices that are both critical of Israel’s policies and committed to Jewish identity and Israel’s right to exist.
  • Emad El-Din Shahin urges the United States to engage with moderate Islamic movements in a relationship based on mutual respect and shared interests. 

Edited by David Cortright, director of policy studies, Peace Policy focuses on critical topics such as the war in Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation, and civilian-military cooperation. It features research-based insights and commentary by Kroc faculty, fellows, and associated peace scholars.    

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