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, review past editions of the monthly RFP bulletin, and consult RFP features on 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 other 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

Tarek Elgawhary, Susan Hayward, Humera Khan, and Peter Mandaville discuss engaging religious communities in countering violent extremism.

Religion

Jocelyne Cesari, Marcia Chatelain, and Simran Jeet Singh discuss the rise of ethnonationalism and the social and political consequences for at-risk communities.

Religion

Jakob Tobing, Alwi Shihab, Azyumardi Azra, and Amin Abdullah discuss the role of religion in Indonesian democracy. 

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. The 2018 workshop was held at CFR's New York headquarters in May 2018.

Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop

Religion

David Beckmann, Simone Campbell, and Ruth W. Messinger, with Lisa Sharon Harper moderating, discuss faith, poverty, and action, as part of the 2018 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

Religion

Diane L. Moore, Farah Pandith, and Chris Seiple, with Linda K. Wertheimer moderating, discuss religious literacy in global affairs, as part of the 2018 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the current state of the world and top challenges in U.S. foreign policy, with Juju Chang, coanchor of ABC News' Nightline moderating, as part of the 2018 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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

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