Defending the Faiths

Global religious persecution increased during the 1990s, but not as rapidly as America's awareness of it. The proper place of religious freedom in the hierarchy of U.S. foreign policy concerns.

Issue: Fall 2000

MANY OF today's foreign policy challenges-from Russian weakness and Iraqi aggression to Balkan instability and the rise of China-were anticipated during the waning days of the Cold War. One issue, however, has taken the foreign affairs community completely by surprise: global religious persecution.

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