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The Widow's Torment: International Religious Freedom and American National Security in the 21st Century

Author: Thomas Farr

June 1, 2009

In "The Widow's Torment: International Religious Freedom and American National Security in the 21st Century," Thomas F. Farr lays out an argument for a new policy of religious realism, one that harnesses the advancement of international religious liberty to the pursuit of vital American interests. Farr argues that while the world has become increasingly religious, the foreign policy establishment has been slow to acknowledge this increasing religiosity and "suffers from a religious-avoidance syndrome." The best antidote to religious-avoidance syndrome is the promotion of religious freedom properly understood. The article was published in the Drake Law Review.

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