Policy Consultation on Religious Freedom, Violent Religious Extremism, and Constitutional Reform in Muslim-Majority Countries

Lessons for U.S. Policymakers

December 7, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Location: Off Campus Map

Amid the dramatic upheavals caused by the Arab Spring, as well as rising levels of religious persecution worldwide and the continued salience of religion-related terrorism, critical policy issues have emerged concerning the relationships between religious freedom, violent religious extremism, and constitutional reform.

The Religious Freedom Project (RFP) and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) convened a policy-oriented discussion of two independently-conducted studies, each with direct relevance to policy thinkers and policymakers.

The RFP presented key findings from its detailed study of the links between religious freedom and violent extremism. USCIRF presented its comparative study of constitutions in Muslim-majority and other Organization of Islamic Cooperation member countries. USCIRF also discussed both the results of constitutional variation and key implications for U.S. policymakers.

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