• Olympic Values in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

    Olympic Values in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

    Contributors to the Berkley Forum evaluate the significance of the 2016 Summer Olympics at this pivotal moment in world affairs. How do the messages conveyed through the Olympic values relate to the challenges of social inclusion and human rights? How have we seen—or not seen—these values manifest in the 2016 Olympics?

  • Religious Freedom Project Hosts Minorities Threatened by ISIS

    Religious Freedom Project Hosts Minorities Threatened by ISIS

    On July 28, the Religious Freedom Project hosted an event featuring representatives from religious and ethnic minority groups who face persecution under ISIS.

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  • Who is Fethullah Gulen?

    Who is Fethullah Gulen?

    Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J., and Ra'fat Aldajani explain the man and the movement alleged by President Erdogan to be behind the recent coup attempt in Turkey.

  • The Existential War between Islamic State and Secular France

    The Existential War between Islamic State and Secular France

    Berkley Center Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari explains how the staunch, often discriminatory laïcité of the French on one hand and the view of the West as the embodiment of evil by extremists on the other causes France to be a unique target for terrorist attacks.

  • José Casanova Gives Interview on Sociology of Religion

    José Casanova Gives Interview on Sociology of Religion

    In an interview with an Australian radio station, Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova discusses religion in a globalized world, religious pluralism in Europe, and the future of his academic field.

Recent Events

April 8, 2016

Rethinking Religion and World Affairs: The Berkley Center Tenth Anniversary Symposium

Issues of religion and world affairs are as salient in the media today as in 2006 when the Berkley Center was founded. And unfortunately much of the news is still negative. Still, there is every reason for hope. The religious people who comprise about four-fifths of humanity overwhelmingly reject faith-inspired violence and identify with values of justice and peace. And…

April 7, 2016

Religion, Peace, and World Affairs: The Challenges Ahead

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright provided an overview of the role of religion in international relations, both as a source of conflict and as a resource for cooperation and reconciliation. The lecture drew on Albright's extensive experience as a leading diplomat and…

March 30, 2016

Engaging Diversity, Building Peace, Changing Communities

In an era of increasing global interconnectedness, engaging diversity is essential to enhance awareness of difference and create inclusive communities. However, what does this mean in practice? To what extent are our university community and other organizations engaging these issues and what challenges remain?

February 29, 2016

Radicals, Religion, and Peace: Global Security in an Age of Terror

Religious-inspired violence and peacemaking are more robust today than ever. There has been a resurgence of religious claims and justifications in politics. At the same time we've seen the growth of faith-based humanitarian and peacemaking activities, from Pope Francis visiting Bethlehem and the Western Wall to the local church efforts to eradicate Ebola. What does this trend portend for the future…

February 22, 2016

Human Security in the Face of Violent Extremism

The last several years have seen an upsurge in ethnic and sectarian violence around the world. The rise of ISIS and other extremist groups poses deep security challenges for particular societies and for the global community as a whole.

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