Religion Leaders

Overview

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy (RFP) program advances understanding of the forces shaping international relations through exchange between faith leaders and policymakers. Webinars, a roundtable series, and an annual workshop in New York offer a forum for congregational leaders, seminary heads, scholars of religion, and representatives of faith-based organizations to address global issues. CFR produces a vast array of resources that provide nonpartisan and authoritative analysis to inform the work of religious thinkers and educators and foster dialogue within their communities. For more RFP resources, follow @CFR_Religion on Twitter. To sign up to receive the monthly Religion and Foreign Policy bulletin, please sign up here.

Religion and Foreign Policy Webinars

Led by a CFR expert or faith leader, the Religion and Foreign Policy Webinar series offers members of the religion community access to interreligious conversations on timely issues at the intersection of religion and international affairs. Video recordings of the webinars are available at CFR.org/rfp-calls and on the iTunes podcast channel Religion and Foreign Policy.

Religion and Foreign Policy Events

Organized in New York, Washington, DC, and around the country, the Religion and Foreign Policy Roundtable series provides an intimate setting for in-depth conversations.

Recent Events

Nigeria

Samuel Brownback, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, discusses extremism and the decline of religious freedom in Northern Nigeria. John Campbell, Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at CFR, moderates.

Religion

Rebecca Linder Blachly, Shaun Casey, and Suhail A. Khan discuss how to best provide policymakers with contextual information as they debate and vote on issues pertaining to religion, with Brie Loskota moderating. 

Religion

Mark Hetfield, Eskinder Negash, and Jennifer Sime discuss the global refugee response and priorities and prospects for reform. 

Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop

CFR's annual Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop brings together leaders from across the U.S. religious landscape at CFR’s New York headquarters for two days of expert panels and discussion group sessions. The 2021 workshop was held virtually in May, and the 2019 workshop was held at CFR's New York headquarters in June 2019.

Professional Conference Participation

Upcoming Conferences

CFR hosts exhibition booths and distributes resources at professional conferences and association meetings across the country. Look for us at the Religion News Association Annual Conference and at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, where we also hold a luncheon panel discussion.

Religion Advisory Committee

The CFR Religion Advisory Committee is comprised of a distinguished group of religion and congregational leaders and scholars from across the United States.

Contact

For more information about CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy program, please contact [email protected] or 1.212.434.9581. Follow us on Twitter @CFR_Religion