September 10, 2007
Islam, Constitutions, and Durable Democracy: The Cases Of Iraq and Afghanistan
"Islam, Constitutions and Durable Democracy: The Cases of Iraq & Afghanistan" focused on the fragile democratic experiments in these two countries. In Iraq, sectarian conflict abetted by foreign terrorists is putting enormous pressure on a weak governing coalition. In Afghanistan, a resurgent Taliban is challenging the writ of Kabul's democratic government. The event looked to address what roles the two countries' respective constitutions, written by nationals but brokered by the United States, are playing in preserving and strengthening democracy. The event was moderated by Professor Thomas Farr, and speakers included Robert P. George, William L. Saunders, Jr., Professor Muqtedar Khan, and Intisar Rabb.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and international Affairs, and the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
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Thomas F. Farr is Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. A former American diplomat and leading authority on international religious freedom, Farr has published widely, including "Diplomacy in an Age of Faith" in Foreign Affairs
(March/April 2008), and World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security
(Oxford University Press, 2008). Farr received his BA in history from Mercer University, and his Ph.D. in modern British and European history from the University of North Carolina.
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Thomas F. Farr is Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A....
Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founding Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He teaches constitutional law and jurisprudence, civil liberties, and...
Muqtedar Khan is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, where he was the founding director of the Islamic Studies Program from 2007-10. Khan is also a Fellow with the Institute for...
William L. Saunders, Jr. is Senior Council at Americans United for Life and the former Director of the Family Research Council's Center for Human Life and Bioethics. He is Chairman for Religious Liberty at the Federalist Society and a member of...