Outreach

Religion and Foreign Policy

Overview

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy (RFP) program serves as a resource for the faith community, bringing together congregational and lay leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations for conversations on issues at the intersection of religion and global affairs. Through conference calls, a national roundtable series, and an annual workshop in New York, CFR builds meaningful connections and provides religious leaders with resources to inform their sermons and foster dialogue within their congregations.

For more resources on religion and foreign policy, follow @CFR_Religion on Twitter, consult past editions of the monthly RFP bulletin, and visit CFR.org and ForeignAffairs.com.

Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Calls

Led by a CFR expert, faith leader, or religion scholar, the Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series gives members of the religious community the opportunity to participate in nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on timely issues at the intersection of religion and international affairs. The Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series is also available on iTunes. Tune into CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy podcasts here.

Religion and Foreign Policy Events

Organized in select cities around the country, CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Roundtable Series and public events enable the program to respond to the latest developments in religion and foreign policy through focused analysis with leading experts in the field.

Recent Events

Religion

Jocelyne Cesari, professor of religion and politics at the University of Birmingham (UK), Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, and Simran Jeet Singh, the Henry R. Luce fellow for religion in international affairs at New York University, discuss the rise of ethnonationalism and the social and political consequences for at-risk communities, with Kim Lawton, former managing editor of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, moderating. This session took place at the American Academy of Religion 2017 Annual Meeting, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Program. Learn more about CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Program.

Global

Bishop Michael B. Curry reflects on his recent trip to Ghana and discusses the role religious communities can play in countering radicalization and violent extremism.

Syria

Experts discuss the role faith-based organizations have taken during the refugee crisis and the challenges of aiding and resettling refugees in the United States and abroad.

Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop

CFR's annual Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop brings together high-level congregational and lay leaders, scholars of religion, and representatives of faith-based organizations from across the country for conversations on pressing global concerns with policymakers, CFR fellows, and other experts. 

2017 Workshop

Religion

Jocelyne Cesari, Jack A. Goldstone, and Pankaj Mishra discuss the rise of ethnonationalism and the future of liberal democracy.

Religion

Elizabeth C. Economy, Ian Johnson, and Fenggang Yang discuss the current political climate in China, and the rise and role of religion in the country.

Religion

Michael Walzer and Richard N. Haass discuss moral philosophy and just and unjust war in the twenty-first century.

Religious Advisory Committee

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

Contact

For more information about CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy program, please contact outreach@cfr.org or 1.212.434.9737. Follow us on Twitter @CFR_Religion

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