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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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