International Politics

, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 43–53 | Cite as

Religious Freedom, the Arab Spring, and US Middle East Policy

  • Nilay SaiyaEmail author
Original Article


This article examines the critically important but often neglected topic of religious freedom in the Middle East and North Africa in the context of the Arab Spring. While conceding that the Arab world generally suffers from a dearth of religious freedom, it argues that religious freedom is both achievable and necessary for regional peace and stability. The article concludes with some recommendations for American policymakers, proposing that one of the key ways the USA can foster climates conducive to American security interests is by taking religious freedom seriously as an instrument of foreign policy.


Religious freedom Arab Spring Middle East American foreign policy Terrorism Democracy Islam 


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  1. 1.209A Hartwell Hall, The College at BrockportState University of New YorkBrockportUSA

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