Join a Discussion on Religion and Foreign Policy

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 9, 2012
Conversations With America Broadcast: Religion and Foreign Policy

Update: Watch the video here.

Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, will hold a conversation with Dr. Chris Seiple, President of the Institute for Global Engagement, on the role of religion in foreign policy. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available to view here on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog on January 25. Members of the general public are invited to participate by submitting questions in the comments section of this DipNote entry, some of which will be selected for response during the broadcast.

This is the twenty-third in the Conversations with America video series coordinated by the Bureau of Public Affairs, in which the State Department's senior leadership hosts conversations online, with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. Discussion topics include foreign policy and global issues and provide a candid view of how leaders from civil society engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.



John P.
January 20, 2012

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Maureen in Washington, D.C.

I don't know if that helps...


January 20, 2012

John in Canada writes:

The lack of freedom half way around the world will mean any country built on freedom will never know peace. America will never know peace while attacks against freedom anywhere.

Everyone wants it, the fearful are scared of it.

America was founded on the notion.

The most profound way of impacting freedom around the world for America is not by money, guns or aid - its returning to the American people the freedom Americans have lost.

If America could step out of their shadow of fear and let loose with freedom - it would echo around the world.

The patriot act and all these other actions are nails in the coffin for Americas greatest weapon for peace. These laws ensure conflict from both inside and outside the borders. They diminish moral authority. They are an impediment to smart power.

Re establishing American freedom will do more for America than the politicians could possibly dream.

New Mexico, USA
January 20, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Amb. Cook,

Being that the founding fathers of the US were pretty firm on the notion of separation between church and state, our foreign policy is not based on religious ideology.

So when a theocratic government sponsors chants of "death to America" like the leadership of Iran does every Friday at prayers for the last 32 years running; would folks @ State consider this to be religious rhetoric or a stated foreign policy goal by a foreign government?

Thanks for taking our questions.



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January 22, 2012

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Joel V.
Iowa, USA
January 23, 2012

Joel V. in Iowa writes:

Ambassador Cook,

In a recent interview with CNS News, the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Leonard Leo, claimed that Christianity may be on the verge of eradication in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that there may soon be a mass migration of Christians out of Egypt, due to persecution and political uncertainty. Does the State Department share his assessment, and if so, what are you doing to prevent this outcome?


Thank you for your time.

Joel V.

Kambiz K.
January 24, 2012

Kambiz K. in Pakistan writes:

Please get involved in saving the Jewish people living in Pakistan and Kashmir too.

Missionary G.
March 16, 2012

Pastor Mushtaq G. in Pakistan writes:

What will be the future of Children of Christians in Pakistan?????

I have seen many changes during the period of 25 years regarding the issue of religious freedom.Once we use a loud speakers for Sundays prayers and on other special prayers,but now I come to know that in villages ,Christians are not allowed by extremists to perform freely their prayers even on memorial services,the use of aloud speakers is not the question?After 9/11 Pakistani Christians suffered a lot due to series of terrorism war but there is no compensation for sufferings.Is there any person who can think about this?



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