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Judd Birdsall


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Judd Birdsall is a former US diplomat currently completing his Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. He is also an editorial fellow with The Review of Faith & International Affairs. Prior to his doctoral study, Birdsall worked at the State Department in the Office of International Religious Freedom and on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff. He was also founding chairman of the department’s Forum on Religion & Global Affairs. He wrote speeches for secretaries of state Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton and worked closely with the Obama White House on religious engagement initiatives. Birdsall speaks regularly on issues of faith and foreign policy. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Guardian, and Christianity Today, and he writes regularly for the Huffington Post.