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Joseph K. Grieboski
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Joseph K. Grieboski is the Chairman and CEO of just CONSULTING (www.just-consulting.com) and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of THE INSTITUTE on Religion and Public Policy.

In 1999 – at the age of 24 – Joe founded THE INSTITUTE on Religion and Public Policy (www.religionandpolicy.org). Twelve years and several Nobel Peace Prize nominations later, Joe has become an internally-renowned expert in security, counter-terrorism, human rights, conflict transformation, business development, and much more. As a matter of fact, in a letter to Joe in 2005, His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, of Morocco referred to Joe’s work as the “foundation of a new civilization”.

As a religious freedom, human rights, and international policy expert, Joe has testified before the United States Congress, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United Nations Human Rights Council, the European Parliament and countless other legislative and international bodies.

His extensive travels to every corner of the globe have allowed Joe to meet, interact with, and befriend leaders of business and industry, government, entertainment, advocacy, and other arenas, giving him one of Washington’s best and most sought after rolodexes.

From confidence building programs in Darfur to post-conflict reconstruction in Kosovo, from track-three diplomacy efforts in North Korea and Iran to minority protection and reintegration in Iraq and Afghanistan, to authoring countless laws for numerous countries, Joe has been at the forefront of the some of most crucial and sensitive issues and areas in the world.

He currently serves as Co-chair of the US State Department Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy Subgroup on International Aid and Development; Founder and Secretary-General of the Interparliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom; Founder and Chairman of the International Consortium on Religion, Culture, and Dialogue; member of the Board of Directors of the Leadership Council for Human Rights; member of the Board of Directors of Planète Citoyenne; member of the Board of Advisors of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation; member of the Board of Advisors of The Earth Organization; member of the Board of Advisors of PGSA Services; columnist for The Huffington Post; foreign news contributor for The Cutting Edge News. Joe has also served as an advisor to the US Department of State, the Foreign Office of the United Kingdom, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Parliament, and many other national and international bodies.

In accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, the Executive Office of Immigration Review of the Justice Department has cooperated with Joe to train the United States immigration judges and immigration attorneys each year. He has also lectured for the Close Up Foundation; the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence, and Diplomacy; and the Washington Semester Program on Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. Joe has also served as a lecturer in the Boston University Institute on Religion, Culture, and World Affairs (IRWA).

In April 2010 Joe was inducted into the International Board of Sponsors of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College – Martin Luther King’s alma mater. The award honors those who have made significant contributions to the civil and human rights nonviolence movement in the tradition of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies both from Georgetown University. In 2008, Joe received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Marywood University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in International Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Blog Entries by Joseph K. Grieboski

This Christmas, Charities Are in Crisis

(7) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 1:33 PM

In a recent study conducted by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, 30 percent of nonprofit organizations reported a drop in donations during the first half of 2011 and 25 percent said their donations became stagnant. Groups with budgets of $3 million or less were more likely to report stagnant or declining...

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The Story Behind the Western Sahara Kidnappings

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 12:09 PM

Sometimes it takes the world a little while to catch on.

Like John the Baptist, many of us working on the issue of refugees in southern Algeria felt like lone voices in the wilderness when calling attention to the dangers and threats facing the people imprisoned in "refugee" camps...

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The Case for Pulling the Plug on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 5:50 PM

There's an obvious axiom to the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," which says, "If it's broke and can't be fixed, get rid of it." This axiom is all the more valid if keeping "it" around is costing you money.

There's a debate going...

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Qadri Verdict: Rule of Law Still Alive in Pakistan?

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM

On Oct. 1, a Pakistan anti-terrorism court sentenced to death Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the bodyguard who shot and killed Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, early this year.

Qadri was handed two death sentences on two counts of murder and terrorism by Judge Parvez Ali Shah during in-camera proceedings...

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Kazakhstan Adds to Europe's Summer of Discontent on Religious Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 5:30 PM

This has been the summer of discontent for religious liberty in Europe.

From Brussels to Budapest, Moscow to Vienna, Europe has been the source of considerable legislative undermining of the fundamental right of freedom of religion and belief.

Just when we thought things couldn't get worse after the passage...

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Congo's Forgotten Sexual Genocide

(13) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 10:48 AM

In the autumn of 2007, the New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post and Glamour Magazine ran articles detailing sexual genocide in the Republic of Congo following a report released by the United Nations. Each account lamented the intensity and frequency of sexual violence in Congo, which the U.N. had...

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God's Diplomat Called Home

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 12:41 PM

Wednesday night, I lost a friend.

Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the papal nuncio to the United States, died last night of complications from lung surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Sambi had been listed in grave condition following a radical procedure earlier this month that required removing half of one of his...

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The Midnight Adoption of Europe's Most Restrictive Religion Law

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 1:24 PM

While Communism officially ended in Hungary more than 20 years ago, it appears the dictatorial mindset has not yet fully abated.
 
On July 12, the Hungarian parliament procured for the country the title of Worst Religion Law in Europe when it rushed after midnight to adopt its...

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Discriminatory Draft Law in Belgium Violates Fundamental Religious Rights

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 3:13 PM

Proposed legislation in Belgium contains provisions specifically designed to discriminate against targeted religions derogatorily designated as "sectarian movements". This draft law is designed to "fight" against religious minorities through the creation of a new penal offense based not on the criminal activities of such groups, but on the character of...

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It is Time to Prioritize Religious Freedom in U.S. Foreign Policy

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 12:57 PM

This article was excerpted from testimony presented before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.

The issue of religious liberty is not a new one. The very first act of violence recorded in Judeo-Christian history is one of religious persecution:...

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Israeli Ministry Targeting So-Called 'Sects' and 'Cults'

(26) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 1:14 PM

On May 23, 2011, the Israeli Special Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs Task Force on minority religious groups presented its report to the Minister of Welfare and Social Affairs, Moshe Kahlon. The Report derogatorily grouped together as so-called "cults" or "sects" approximately 80 belief systems and contains a blueprint...

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President Obama, Religious Freedom and The Arab Summer

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 6:02 PM

The Arab Spring, invigorating, hopeful, promising new expressions of liberty, is giving way to the Arab Summer, and the world watches to see what this season will bring. Into the cloud of earnest hopes, ominous speculation, continuing conflict, and pervasive uncertainty surrounding the Middle East and North Africa, President Obama...

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The Case of the Disappearing Religious Freedom Report

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2011 | 11:00 PM

On Friday (April 8), the United States Department of State released its annual international human rights report.

In her remarks releasing the report, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stated:

Here at the State Department, human rights is a priority 365 days a year. It is...
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From Dictatorship to Democracy: Hungarians Unite in Drafting Constitution

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 7:34 PM

While the Arab world undergoes an historic transformation from oppression to liberty, this month the era of Soviet domination was finally and completely put to rest in Central Europe. The Government of the Republic of Hungary released its first national constitution ever, replacing the illegitimate and tyrannical constitution...

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Peaceful Lives, Violent Deaths: The Silent Cries of the Ahmadis

(17) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 3:49 PM

On March 13, three Ahmadiiyya Muslims were brutally attacked in the Banten province of Java, Indonesia. Video footage taken during the ambush demonstrates the victims being beaten to death by sticks.

On February 6, over 1,000 anti-Ahmadiyya extremists attacked the home of cleric Ismail Suparman in Cikeusik Village. The...

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Why America Needs an Ambassador for Religious Liberty

(8) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 1:06 PM

On March 2, gunmen unleashed 50 rounds of bullets into Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani Minister of Minority Affairs. A Roman Catholic and the only Christian in the Pakistani Cabinet, Bhatti was assassinated by the Taliban and al Qaeda because of his opposition to Pakistan's arbitrary and egregious blasphemy law. The...

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