Posts tagged "US foreign policy"

Mauritania: Islamic Response to the Sahel Drought

By Alex Thurston 9/11 changed the trajectory of Islamic humanitarian agencies in Africa and around the world...The US government suspected some Islamic charities of not really being charities at all, but rather fronts for transnational terrorist funding.

Perverse Mission? Catholic Approaches to Foreign Policy

Reverse Mission: Transnational Religious Communities and the Making of US Foreign Policy By Timothy Byrnes. Georgetown University Press, 2001. 216 pp. by Frances Kissling Timothy Byrnes is an engaging academic political scientist who has written extensively and wisely on religion and politics, particularly the political role of the institutional Catholic church (see Transnational Catholicism in Postcommunist Europe, Rowman &...

Learning from Iraq’s Struggle for Religious Tolerance

Three months after elections in Iraq, a new Prime Minister has not yet been selected to form a new government. Accusations of fraud still surround the election and Ayad Allawi's secular (but Sunni-dominated) coalition is struggling against the Shiite opposition, led by Nouri al Maliki, to keep a grip on its narrow margin of...

U.S. “particularly unconcerned” with Uzbekistan

Jason Carter: Declining a recommendation by the Commission on International Religious Freedom, the State Department did not include Uzbekistan on its annual list of countries guilty of severe religious oppression. A Reuters article in The New York Times outlined the United States’ rocky relationship with Uzbekistan over the stationing of U.S. troops there. The piece...