Ian Speir

Ian Speir is an attorney to churches and religious organizations, chancellor to an Anglican diocese, and coauthor of the “Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East” report submitted to Secretary Kerry on March 9, 2016.
“A Beacon on Our Coast”: The First Freedom at Home & Abroad

Religious freedom and foreign affairs have always been inextricably linked.

The State Department’s Ministerial on Religious Freedom: Reflections and the Path Ahead

The State Department’s Ministerial on Religious Freedom marks a significant shift in US foreign policy thinking.

The 2018 International Religious Freedom Reports: 5 Things to Know
The 2018 International Religious Freedom Reports: 5 Things to Know

Here are five things to know about the US Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) 2018 Annual Report and the US State Department’s 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

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We Must Prioritize the Persecuted

Prioritizing the most persecuted in refugee admissions is not only the right thing to do. It’s something we already do. Religious minorities, particularly Yezidis and Christians in Iraq and Syria, deserve the same priority status that is currently accorded to other groups facing unique dangers, including religious minorities in Iran and elsewhere, and Iraqis who assisted U.S. forces.

How the Trump Administration Can Support Christians in the Middle East
How the Trump Administration Can Support Christians in the Middle East

Amidst global convulsions, one affected group remains relatively powerless and largely ignored: Middle Eastern Christians.