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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 is an editorial fellow with The Review of Faith & International Affairs, a peer-reviewed journal.

Entries by Judd Birdsall

The State Department's Great Leap Faithward

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 12:54 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 | 5:19 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 | 10:12 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 | 1:27 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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