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Hearing Tomorrow on Religious Freedom and the Campaign Against Terrorism

November 26, 2001

Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240, ext. 27

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent government agency advising the Administration and Congress, will hold a hearing on Tuesday, November 27 in Washington, D.C., titled "Promoting Religious Freedom During the Campaign Against Terrorism." The hearing is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226.

The updated list of confirmed witnesses and schedule are as follows:

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks by Michael K. Young, Chair

Panel I:

9:15-10:15 The World After 9/11: A Strategic Shift in U.S. Foreign Policy?

Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

Morton Halperin, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Panel II:

10:20-11:50 Promoting Religious Freedom Within the New Post-9/11 Order: Country and Regional Concerns

Tamara Sonn, Professor, College of William and Mary

Mamoun Fandy, Professor, National Defense University

Amy Hawthorne, Soref Research Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Martha Brill Olcott, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Sidney Jones, Executive Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch

Susan Rice, Managing Director and Principal, Intellibridge International

11:50-12:00 Break

Panel III:

12:00-1:30 Promoting Religious Freedom Within the New Post-9/11 Order: Policy Tools

The Hon. Robert Seiple, Institute for Global Engagement

Patrick Merloe, Senior Associate, National Democratic Institute

Georges Fauriol, Senior VP for Strategic Planning, International Republican Institute

Judith Siegel, Deputy Coordinator of Int'l Information Programs, State Department

R. Richard Newcomb, Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Department

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and the Congress." src="https://www.uscirf.org/images/layout/subbottomtext1.gif" />

Michael K. Young,Chair
  • Felice D. GaerFiruz KazemzadehRichard D. LandBishop William Francis MurphyLeila Nadya SadatNina SheaThe Hon. Charles R. StithThe Hon. Shirin Tahir-KheliSteven T. McFarland,Executive Director