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PROJECT LEADERS

Thomas FarrThomas Farr

Thomas F. Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a visiting associate...

Timothy ShahTimothy Shah

Timothy Samuel Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and...

ASSOCIATE SCHOLARS

Ilan AlonIlan Alon

Ilan Alon is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of International Business and director of the China Center at Rollins College, specializing...

Anthony GillAnthony Gill

Anthony (Tony) Gill is a professor of political science and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Washington, a distinguished senior...

Brian GrimBrian Grim

Brian J. Grim is president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and a leading expert on the socioeconomic impact of restrictions on...

Allen HertzkeAllen Hertzke

Allen Hertzke is Presidential Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma and faculty fellow in Religious Freedom for OU’s...

William InbodenWilliam Inboden

William Inboden is associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and executive director of the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and...

Karrie KoeselKarrie Koesel

Karrie J. Koesel is assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and an associate scholar with the Berkley Center's...

Timur KuranTimur Kuran

Timur Kuran is professor of economics and political science and Gorter Family Professor in Islamic Studies at Duke University, as well as an...

John M. OwenJohn M. Owen

John M. Owen IV is the Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics and faculty fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies...

Daniel PhilpottDaniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott, a professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for Peace Studies and an associate scholar with...

Ani SarkissianAni Sarkissian

Ani Sarkissian is an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University (MSU) and an associate scholar with the Berkley Center's...

Rebecca ShahRebecca Shah

Rebecca Samuel Shah is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and an associate scholar with the Berkley...

W. Bradford WilcoxW. Bradford Wilcox

W. Bradford Wilcox is an associate professor of sociology and the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, as well...

Robert WoodberryRobert Woodberry

Robert Woodberry is an associate professor of Political Science and director of the Project on Religion and Economic Change at the National...

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Nicholas FedykNicholas Fedyk

Nicholas Fedyk joined the Berkley Center in June 2014 as a project associate with the Religious Freedom Project. He graduated from Georgetown's...

Claudia WinklerClaudia Winkler

Claudia Winkler joined the Berkley Center in February 2014 as a project associate with the Religious Freedom Project. Before joining the center,...
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June 20, 2014

A Global Crisis of Religious Liberty: Evidence, Origins, and Significance

In this speech delivered at a conference in Rome, Thomas Farr argues that there are many reasons for societies to embrace religious freedom, including the moral imperative to stop persecution that is occurring in many countries around the world. He begins by outlining contending premises on what “religion” is, and, accordingly, what it is that people have a right to do under the protection of a constitutional or civil right to religious freedom. He then uses Pew Research Center data to offer empirical evidence of a global crisis. Farr contends that this crisis has roots inside both Western...

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November 1, 2013

Our Failed Religious Freedom Policy

In this article published in First Things, Thomas Farr elucidates the serious harm done by America's failure to implement the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). Farr notes the internal improvements that the IRFA has brought to the US State Department, but he points out the systematic failure of three administrations to integrate the IRFA into foreign policy and how this failure has harmed America's foreign policy related to several key countries. Farr argues that the changes he recommends could impact American foreign policy overnight by adding the crucially missing element of...

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October 9, 2013

Freedom to Flourish: Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Peace, Prosperity, and Democracy

Today, questions about the nature and extent of religious freedom are more vital and controversial than ever, not only in established Western democracies but also in non-Western contexts in which religious groups are influential political actors, such as India, Tunisia, and Indonesia. To discuss these crucial questions, the Religious Freedom Project brought two of America’s most distinguished political and ethical thinkers together for an extensive—and often intense—discussion. This report is an edited transcript of the keynote address of RFP’s two-day capstone conference, "Freedom to...

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July 25, 2013

In God's Name: Politics, Religion and Economic Development

In this lecture, given as the 9th Annual AELEX Lecture in Lagos, Nigeria, Timothy Shah argues that religious freedom can be directly tied to political security and economic development. Shah demonstrates a link between the outbreak of religious violence and rising expectations among religious groups, which are then denied through restrictions on religious freedom. These denied rising expectations in turn can spark religious conflicts, which create insecurity and prevent economic development. Thus, Shah argues, religious freedom is essential to the creation of security and stability, without...

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July 3, 2013

Religious Liberty: What is It, Why Should We Care?

In a presentation at the 2013 Lausanne Global Forum, held in Bangalore, India from June 17 to June 21, Tim Shah presented a case for the importance of religious freedom. In his presentation, Dr. Shah connected religious freedom, and the rights of conscience, to the earliest origins of the Christian faith, and emphasized the rising tide of global restrictions which threaten this fundamental freedom around the world today. Organized by evangelist Billy Graham, the Lausanne Movement is a global evangelical partnership seeking to apply the gospel to the contemporary world, and to reframe...

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

June 20, 2014

A Global Crisis of Religious Liberty: Evidence, Origins, and Significance

November 1, 2013

Our Failed Religious Freedom Policy

October 9, 2013

Freedom to Flourish: Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Peace, Prosperity, and Democracy

July 25, 2013

In God's Name: Politics, Religion and Economic Development

July 3, 2013

Religious Liberty: What is It, Why Should We Care?

June 19, 2013

Freedom, Toleration, and the Naturalness of Religion

June 13, 2013

Examining the Government’s Record on Implementing the International Religious Freedom Act

May 30, 2013

A Bang or a Wimper? Assessing Some Recent Challenges to Special Protection for Religion in the United States

May 28, 2013

Christians, Muslims and Jesus

May 22, 2013

Religion and International Relations: A Primer for Research

April 29, 2013

Religious Freedom, Democratization, and Economic Development

March 14, 2013

Religious Associations, Religious Innovations and Denominational Identities in Contemporary Global Cities

February 12, 2013

Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Rick Warren, Robert P. George, and John DiIulio

December 18, 2012

The Routledge Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations

December 5, 2012

Religious Freedom and Violent Religious Extremism: A Sourcebook of Modern Cases and Analysis

December 1, 2012

Genealogías de la secularización

November 20, 2012

Is Religious Freedom Special?

November 16, 2012

Martyrdom with a Message: How Persecuted Christians Witness to Religious Freedom

November 2, 2012

God's Century reviewed by Michael Emerson in Contemporary Sociology

October 18, 2012

Report of the Georgetown Symposium on Religious Freedom and Equality: Emerging Conflicts in North America and Europe

October 16, 2012

Report of the Georgetown Symposium on Religious Freedom and Healthcare Reform

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