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The Green Encyclical: Who will support Pope Francis?

At first sight, the Pope’s green encyclical is a forward-looking pronouncement on contemporary social and environmental issues that should be welcomed by Christians and non-Christians alike.

Catholic Climate Change: Pope Francis’s Ecology Encyclical

The Church is the expert when it comes to the end of the world. Rising sea levels and mountain ranges inexorably crumbling into the oceans have been the stuff of Christian fire-and-brimstone sermons ever since Noah survived the Flood with his ark.

Revolutions of Dignity: 1989, the Arab Spring, and Ukraine

The German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) represents a generation that has grown up in a world where Germany is united, the Iron Curtain has fallen, the Soviet and Yugoslav and Czechoslovak unions are a part of history, and the European Union and NATO have expanded to include most of the European continent.

Palmyra was Predictable

By Evelyn Finger

Do you still remember that early, horrific video circulated by Syrian jihadists almost a year ago? That was long before journalist James Foley was beheaded. That was before the forced migrations, mass shootings, and mass rapes caused by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS).

A New Religious “Cold War”?

In March 2014, at the time of Russia’s takeover of Crimea, a largely unnoticed meeting took place in Istanbul. The heads of the Eastern Orthodox churches convened under the leadership of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based primus inter pares of the Eastern Orthodox world, and announced that in 2016 it would hold the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church.

Policymakers Ignore Religion at Their Own Peril

WASHINGTON—There is awareness at some level in most Western capitals that religion matters in foreign policy. Violence linked to religion, most spectacularly the 9/11 attacks, has seemingly vindicated the warnings of Samuel Huntington and others about a coming clash of civilizations.

Putin's Calculated Charm Offensive

As Russia’s economy reels from sanctions following its annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine, Moscow is doing its best to undermine European Union solidarity against Russian aggression.

A Strong Currency Helps a Strong Economy

This essay follows on the author’s earlier piece “Managing the Exchange Rate: A Losing Proposition.”

The U.S. dollar has appreciated substantially over the last past years against most currencies. According to the statistics of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the real effective exchange rate of the dollar indicates an appreciation of almost 20 percent between January 2012 and March 2015.

China’s Back to Jerusalem Movement

By Christina Lin

Recently there has been much writing on how Christianity in the Middle East is facing extinction as the scourge of ISIS advances in the region. Titles like “Christianity faces extinction in Middle East,” “Christians Presence in Middle East Threatened with Extinction,” “Is this the end for Mideast Christians?” and others abound in a seemingly hopeless situation.