Outreach

Religion and Foreign Policy Program

Overview

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy (RFP) program advances understanding of the forces shaping international relations through exchange between faith leaders and policymakers. Conference calls, 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, review past editions of the monthly RFP bulletin, and consult religion features on CFR.org and ForeignAffairs.com.

Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Calls

Led by a CFR expert or faith leader, the Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series offers members of the religion community access to interreligious conversations on timely issues at the intersection of religion and international affairs. Audio recordings of the conference calls 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

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

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Archbishop Albert Chama, Rebecca Vander Meulen, Robert W. Radtke, and Charles K. Robertson discuss mobilizing Anglican communities toward eliminating malaria. 

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Alexander J. Thurston, Olufemi O. Vaughan, and John Campbell discuss how Christianity and Islam coexist in Nigeria.

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 2019 workshop was held at CFR's New York headquarters in June 2019, and the 2018 workshop was held in May 2018.

Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop

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Jason Bordoff, Brenda Ekwurzel, and Kanta Kumari Rigaud analyze climate change and environmental management, with Karenna Gore moderating, as part of the 2019 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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Steven A. Cook, Bernard A. Haykel, and Ariane M. Tabatabai discuss U.S. involvement in the Middle East, with Trudy S. Rubin moderating, as part of the 2019 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Sam Brownback discusses international religious freedom with Elizabeth Dias, as part of the 2019 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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 News Association Annual Conference

September 19 to 21, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV

Visit CFR representatives at in the exhibitor hall to collect free publications and learn about resources for religion broadcasters and journalists.

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting

November 23 to 26, 2019, in San Diego, CA

Visit CFR representatives at in the exhibitor hall to collect free publications and learn about resources for religion scholars and leaders. Please also join us for a luncheon panel discussion, time and topic TBD.

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 outreach@cfr.org or 1.212.434.9737. Follow us on Twitter @CFR_Religion