How Faith and Community Dominate Foreign Policy
Two weeks ago, the French president-elect admitted he is a “practicing Christian” and was strongly criticized for breaching the post-revolution consensus on the laicization of the state. Last month Boris Yeltsin became the first Russian head of state to be buried with Russian Orthodox rights in 133 years. The election of a new president in Turkey caused a political crisis because the governing party’s candidate–presently the foreign minister–is viewed by the opposition and military elites as being too Islamist.

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