About the Initiative

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative provides a forum to deepen the understanding of issues at the nexus of religion and U.S. foreign policy. CFR also seeks to connect with, and serve as a resource for, religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers whose voices are increasingly important to the national foreign policy debate.


CFR Books, Task Force reports, and other special publications offer analysis on major topical and regional issues. CFR can provide materials free of charge at the request of religious community leaders and scholars.

Foreign Affairs
America's most influential publication on international affairs, published by CFR, offers accessible in-depth analysis of current issues. A discounted subscription is available to religious and congregational leaders and scholars.

Monthly eNewsletter
CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin highlights CFR resources of interest to the religious community.


CFR is home to over fifty scholars with expertise on a wide range of international issues. CFR can arrange for a fellow to brief an individual or group of religious leaders prior to delegations, mission trips abroad, or other events.

Conference Appearances
CFR fellows or senior staff members are available to speak at major religious conferences as schedules permit.

Religious leaders and scholars are encouraged to apply for a CFR International Affairs Fellowship, which offers a year of research and writing or service in a policy-oriented environment.


Convening Power

Conference Call Series
Led by a CFR scholar and/or religious community leader, the monthly CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series gives religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers the opportunity to participate in nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on global issues.

Meetings and Events
CFR convenes hundreds of events each year in New York, Washington, DC, and around the country. Religious community leaders are invited to attend select CFR meetings, as well as participate remotely via teleconference and/or webcast.

Summer Workshop
The annual CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Summer Workshop brings religious leaders from across the country to CFR headquarters in New York to discuss pressing international issues.


For more information, please see our CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative brochure (PDF) or contact Maria Casa, director, National Program & Outreach, at outreach@cfr.org or 212.434.9674.

To join our mailing list to receive special invitations and publications from CFR, please complete our Religion and Foreign Policy information form (PDF).