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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / J U LY - A U G U S T 2 0 1 2
afford religious freedom “an appropri-
ately robust status within the foreign
policy community.”
These include enhancing the role
and resources of the Ambassador-at-
Large for Religious Freedom; giving
religious freedom policymakers ade-
quate means and the discretion to
nimbly target them; making religious
freedom a functional subspecialty;
building religious freedom strategies
into annual mission planning pro-
cesses; and putting a senior interna-
tional religious freedom official at the
U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Although densely written, the re-
port argues effectively for a vigorous
foreign policy defense of religious
freedom—not only as a human rights
concern, but as a critical part of Amer-
ica’s strategic interest. Such a per-
spective could add vitality to State’s
legally mandated mission to advance
this right.
John M. Grondelski is an FSO cur-
rently studying Chinese for an assign-
ment in Shanghai. He previously
served in London, Warsaw, Bern and
Washington, D.C.
America’s national
interest clearly lies
in defending religious
freedom around
the world.
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