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Religious Freedom and National Security PDF Print E-mail


With the world's ever increasing religious diversity, freedom of religion has emerged as a fundamental human rights issue. It also intersects with other foreign policy challenges, including political, social, and economic development. One of the most important but most poorly understood connections is with national security.

In this paper, Dr. William Inboden, a distinguished scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas-Austin, discusses the correlation between religious persecution and national security threats.

He points out that countries with egregious violations of religious freedom are largely the same as those which pose a threat to the U.S. Therefore, the promotion of religious freedom can serve to lessen existing security threats.

He credits Ambassador Robert Seiple, the first ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, for in 1999 anticipating the conflicts and security threats that would confront the United States.

You can view Dr. Inboden’s paper here: