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CRI Co-Director and Professor Karen Feste's latest book, "America Responds to Terrorism: Conflict Resolution Strategies of Clinton, Bush and Obama" was released on May 10th by Palgrave Macmilion. What policy is best for the United States to reduce the threat of Islamic extremist terrorism? Recent American presidents have applied alternative conflict resolution approaches. Clinton practiced conflict avoidance, talking tough but rarely retaliating against anti-American terrorist attacks. G. W. Bush adopted a fighter approach and the Global War on Terrorism and military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq reflect this strategy. Obama introduced a third alternative: problem solving and extending peaceful overtures while keeping up resistance. Will the strategy succeed? Feste analyzes presidential rhetoric on counter terrorism policy through the lens of issue framing, enemy aggression, self -hardship, and victimization expressed in a variety of speeches delivered by these chief executives to highlight and compare their conflict resolution strategies.

New course modules on religion and international affairs are now available. The modules are the result of a symposium co-sponsored by CRI, the Iliff School of Theology and the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace. {see CRI's Summer 2010 Newsletter}. Unit topics include: religion and economic development; religion and post-conflict peacebuilding; religion, conflict and peace process; religion, environment and sustainability; religion, the state and governance in the 21st century; and religion, traditions and contemporary human rights.