• Inequality, Authentic Development, and Solidarity

    Inequality, Authentic Development, and Solidarity

    Writers from South Korea, Ivory Coast, and Rwanda consider how the ideas of solidarity and common good can be used to create “authentic development” and equitable growth.

  • Technology, Values, and Development

    Technology, Values, and Development

    International bloggers respond to a recent lecture at Georgetown by the World Bank's chief economist. They urge a focus on technology and innovation that takes human dignity and suffering into account to improve the lives of the world's poorest.

  • The Missing Key to More Effective US Diplomacy

    The Missing Key to More Effective US Diplomacy

    Tom Farr says advancing religious freedom in American foreign policy can help advance economic development and counter persecution and extremism. 

  • Judaism and Women As Agents for Change

    Judaism and Women As Agents for Change

    Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, discusses women's leadership with Judaism. She emphasizes the importance of empowering women and girls globally, both at the grassroots level and in positions of power.

  • Freedom of the Press and Global Jihad

    Freedom of the Press and Global Jihad

    Jocelyne Cesari argues that Muslim leaders, secular politicians, and lay citizens share a responsibility to combat and overcome the “us versus them” mentality at the core of extremism.

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2015

Sharing the Message? Proselytism and Development in Pluralistic Societies: A Public Dialogue

The relationship between religious proselytism and development is sharply contested. International covenants recognize that religious freedom includes rights to personal religious conversion and public religious witness. But critics claim that proselytism can violate the rights of affected communities to maintain their traditions and can sow division in fragile societies. There is wide agr...

March 5, 2015

Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World

The Portuguese colonial experience left a lasting impression on the cultural, religious, and political dynamics in the former colonies. Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World, edited by Paul Christopher Manuel, Alynna Lyon, and Clyde Wilcox, explores this colonial legacy, bringing together scholars from a variety o...

March 5, 2015

After the Paris and Copenhagen Attacks: Muslim Minorities and the Future of Democracy in Europe

The recent terrorist attacks in France and Denmark continue to reverberate. What have we learned about the mix of religious and ideological beliefs that motivated the perpetrators? How will the political response to terrorist attacks affect Muslim minorities and the future of democracy in Europe? Does the United States provide a positive model for Europeans grappling with challenges of rel...

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