Thanks to Mousumi Mukherjee for the link:
February 23, 2010 – The Chicago Council on Global Affairs today released its task force report, Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy. The Council convened a group of thirty-two experts and stakeholders – former government officials, religious leaders, heads of international organizations, and scholars – to bring a diverse perspective to the debate over how to successfully engage religion on an international level.
Religious communities are central players in the counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan, development assistance, the promotion of human rights, stewardship of the environment, and the pursuit of peace in troubled parts of the world. The success of American diplomacy in the next decade will be measured in no small part by its ability to connect with the hundreds of millions of people throughout the world whose identity is defined by religion. President Obama’s historic speech in Cairo on June 4, 2009, with its promise to engage with Muslim communities, was an important step in the right direction. This report takes the next step in developing a strategy to engage religious communities of all faiths in addressing foreign policy challenges.
Task force cochairs R. Scott Appleby, director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame; and Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, discussed report findings and recommendations at the release event today at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs.