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Is Europe Joining the International Religious Freedom Bandwagon?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Berkley Center 3307 M Street, NW, Suite 200

Growing international threats to religious freedom are coming under increasing scrutiny by Western democracies. Long a foreign policy emphasis in the United States, and more recently in Canada, the crisis in international religious freedom (IRF) is gaining greater attention in Europe, especially in Italy and the United Kingdom. Can these nations be effective in promoting international religious freedom? Will their own domestic struggles with religious freedom handicap their efforts abroad?

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Pasquale Annicchino, a fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and at the University of Salerno, will discuss recent developments in IRF promotion by Italy and the EU. David Reeves Taylor, chairman of Christian Solidarity Worldwide and a former British diplomat, will address recent developments in IRF promotion by the UK. The Religious Freedom Project's Thomas Farr will moderate.

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