Judd Birdsall
Judd Birdsall is a former U.S. diplomat and a current Ph.D. candidate at Cambridge University. From 2007 to 2011 he served at the U.S. State Department in the Office of International Religious Freedom and on Secretary Clinton's Policy Planning Staff. He was also founding chairman of the Forum on Religion & Global Affairs. Birdsall's articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Huffington Post among other publications.

Entries by Judd Birdsall

British Halloween Needs More American Influence

(41) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 8:00 PM

On our first Halloween as Americans living in Britain my wife and I were culture shocked to open our door to find legions of little demons.

The sweet children in our Cambridgeshire village were dressed as devils, witches, corpses, werewolves, zombies, vampires, and various other nightmarish creatures. Even the...

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Deploying Jack Bauer Phrases for an Intense, 24-hour Job: Parenting Toddlers

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 3:54 PM

With a new season of the high-octane serial drama 24 now on television, my wife and I are once again finding ourselves using lots of 24-style lingo in our everyday parenting routine.

Of course, this is a bit ironic. The ceaselessly stressful and frequently violent show isn't...

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Defining Christian Martyrs: A Call For Reexamination Of The Label

(65) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 6:45 AM

(RNS) Christianity can be a deadly commitment. This past Sunday was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, an occasion that reminds Christians that many of their brethren are killed for their faith every year. But how many?

On Tuesday the BBC published an article exploring the controversy...

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The State Department's Great Leap Faithward

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 1:54 PM

In February I wrote an article asking, Will Kerry Bring Faith to Foreign Policy? Six months into Kerry's tenure as Secretary of State the answer appears to be an emphatic yes -- though now begins the hard work of implementing his vision for religious engagement.

Last week Kerry...

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In Malawi, Evangelicals Don't Doubt Climate Change

(38) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:19 PM

The river once teemed with fish and was lined by lush banana trees. Now it's a dry, scorched trail of barren sand. In Fombe village, Malawi, climate change is not a matter of political or scientific debate. It's a matter of survival.

I recently visited Fombe and several other villages...

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Will Kerry Bring Faith to Foreign Policy?

(6) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry is now the face of America to the world -- a pervasively religious world. With more than 80 percent of the global population affiliated with a religion, Kerry's ability to engage religious issues and actors will be vital to the success of his...

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GOP Must Learn From the Global Sigh of Relief

(12) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Republicans went to bed Tuesday night with a sigh of disbelief but the world woke up Wednesday morning breathing a sigh of relief. International surveys showed that people nearly everywhere preferred Obama to Romney, and the exultant post-election commentary from around the world confirms the polling data.

The Republican Party...

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