Catherine Cosman, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Knox Thames, Director of Policy and Research, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Adjunct Professor, U.S. Army War College
S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS
Wednesday, February 26, 5 to 7 p.m.
Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl.,
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Reception and refreshments 5-5:30 p.m.; program 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The U.S.'s defense of religious freedom abroad has been hailed as an expression of American idealism, but also criticized as ineffective or as interference that may undermine other foreign policy objectives. Two experts from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a U.S. government advisory agency, will present their case with reference to Central Asia and the Caucasus. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A to discuss the pros and cons pertaining to this U.S. policy.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program form a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center focusing on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Turkey. The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Washington, D.C., is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the region. The Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy, is its European counterpart. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.cacianalyst.org.