The U.S. and Religious Communities Abroad

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peace Policy May 2010Photo: Dave Cobb (Flickr)

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.

Posts in the May 2010 issue of Peace Policy:

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. Read »

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. Read »

Emad El-Din Shahin urges the United States to engage with moderate Islamic movements in a relationship based on mutual respect and shared interests. Read » 

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