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Islamist Terrorism, Genocide, and U.S. National Security: Empowering U.S. IRF Policy

Author: Thomas Farr

September 10, 2014

Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project, presented testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on September 10, 2014. He addressed the topic "Genocidal Attacks Against Christians and Other Religious Minorities in Syria and Iraq." In his testimony, Farr proposed five policy recommendations: allowing the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom to report directly to the secretary of state; allocating more resources to the international religious freedom office; mandating religious freedom training for American diplomats; amending the International Religious Freedom Act; and requiring the U.S. State Department to respond in writing to recommendations by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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