Beyond the Close: Council on Foreign Relations Invitation for October 23 Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), all GTS students are invited to participate in the next session of the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series on Thursday, October 23, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET). John Campbell, CFR's Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, will lead the conversation titled "Confronting the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa” to discuss the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the global response to this health crisis. Prior to coming to CFR, Ambassador Campbell was a visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a U.S. Department of State fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. From 1975 to 2007, Ambassador Campbell served as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer. He served twice in Nigeria, as political counselor from 1988 to 1990, and as ambassador from 2004 to 2007. Ambassador Campbell was also a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria during South Africa's first non-racial election. The second edition of his book, "Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink," was published by Rowman & Littlefield in June 2013.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following resources by Ambassador Campbell, available on

1) "Ebola The Dog That Has Not Barked," Africa in Transition, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations, September 30, 2014. 2) "Ebola and West Africa: Three Things to Know," Video,, September 29, 2014.

If you would like to join the discussion, send an email to or call Rick Chilton at 212.434.9678, and we will send you the toll free dial-in number and password. This invitation is limited to religious leaders and scholars.