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Thank you to all who joined this event, where Under Caesar’s Sword released its report of research findings, In Response to Persecution, and discussed findings and recommendations with top experts from a variety of sectors.  Watch the video below, and join the conversation on Twitter at #RespondUCS.

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Dr. Farr welcomes event participants.

Cardinal Wuerl delivers a keynote address

Dr. Philpott announces the release of the projects findings in the report In Response to Persecution.

Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Thomas Farr welcomes participants to the event and introduces Cardinal Wuerl.  Watch

Keynote Address
His Eminence Cardinal Wuerl delivers a keynote address, “Always Mindful of Our Suffering Brothers and Sisters in the Middle East.”  Watch

Presentation of Findings
Dr. Daniel Philpott announces the launch of the report In Response to Persecution, including his take on the major findings and why they matter.  Watch

Abp Shaw responds to the launch of the report, In Response to Persecution.

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Farahnaz Ispahani delivers a keynote address from the podium.

Conversation on Findings
Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou and Abp. Sebastian Shaw join the conversation in response to the presentation of the report.  Watch

Film Screening, Under Caesar’s Sword (2016)
The event included a screening of the 26-minute documentary on Christians’ responses to persecution.  Watch

Keynote Address
Farahnaz Ispahani delivers a keynote address, “Pitting Muslims Against Christians: Lessons from Pakistan.”  Watch

Moderator Dr. Timothy Shah talks with three panelists.

Panelist Dr. Mariz Tadros gives recommendations.

Panelist Dr. Robert Hefner discusses his findings.

Panel: “What is to Be Done by Leading Sectors?”  Watch

Moderator: Timothy Shah, Religious Freedom Institute

Panelists: Brian Grim, Religious Freedom and Business Foundation; George Marlin, Aid to the Church in Need, USAHon. David Saperstein, Former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom; Nina Shea, Hudson Institute

Panel: “Responding to the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Central Asia”  Watch

Introduction: The #StandTogether Project  Watch

Moderator: Kathleen Collins, University of Minnesota (Central Asia)

Panelists: Mariz Tadros, Sussex University (Egypt, Libya, and Gaza); Kent Hill, Religious Freedom Institute (Syria and Iraq); Christian Van Gorder, Baylor University (Saudi Arabia and Iran)


Panel: “Responding to the Persecution of Christians in South, East, and Southeast Asia”  Watch

Moderator: Sara Singha, Georgetown University (Pakistan)

Panelists: Fenggang Yang, Purdue University (China); Robert Hefner, Boston University (Indonesia); Chad Bauman, Butler University (India); James Ponniah, University of Madras (India)