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Contravening decades of official U.S. policy and international consensus, President Trump unilaterally recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, a move that the U.N. Security Council soon denounced. […] Read More

Just war theory has long been a means by which people of faith have sought to assess both the morality and wisdom of armed conflict. has consistently set forth just war theory’s principles when U.S. leaders either contemplated or made a determination to wage war. (Examples are here, here, here, here, here, here, here […] Read More

The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security has declined over the past 10 months, according to the Pew Research Center. More than half (55 percent) of respondents in April 2016 labeled refugees leaving Iraq and Syria in large numbers as “a major threat” to U.S. security. By January […] Read More

Opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees was vigorous before President Trump’s executive order banning them from entering the country. A majority of Americans – 54 percent – expressed opposition in November 2015 to the United States accepting Syrian refugees, according to a Washington Post and ABC News poll, reported Time magazine. About the same […] Read More

The Syrian crisis is a seminal moment in history, requiring the international community to take stock of how it responds to such conflicts. I explained previously how Syria is the defining humanitarian aid crisis of our time and how it is not another war. Here, I share two final observations about the conflict: 1. Since […] Read More

There are times in history when, because of the horrors of the events, the international community is forced to take stock. In recent history, the Biafran crisis of the late 1960s was one such time, out of which Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was formed and a new way of responding to humanitarian crises began to […] Read More

Baptist Union of Great Britain General Secretary Lynn Green has joined other faith leaders in urging the United Kingdom’s government to take immediate action to deliver aid to civilians in besieged Aleppo. The plea comes as humanitarian organizations warn that supplies of food and medicine are running out in eastern Aleppo. The besieged area of […] Read More

Legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide relief to victims of genocide in Iraq and Syria and to hold perpetrators, namely the Islamic State, accountable. The Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016 was introduced on Sept. 9 by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) with bipartisan support. ISIS is “ideologically […] Read More

I have received a number of invitations from the West to speak about the crisis in Syria and particularly about the massive refugee migration into Europe. The question that keeps coming is: “How should the church in the West respond to the massive refugee influx?” The first issue to address is the fear that many […] Read More

The war in Syria, now in its sixth year, has resulted in “untold suffering,” a report from the U.N. Human Rights Council (OHCHR) emphasized. Towns have been destroyed and communities fractured by the ongoing conflict. Medical facilities, schools, public spaces (such as parks), cultural heritage sites (including churches and mosques) and basic services (electricity and […] Read More