Religion and Security in World Affairs

Religion and security considerations intersect in multiple, complex ways across the globe and are thus consequential for government policy, strategy, and engagement. Workshop participants explored the multi-dimensional context of religion on the world stage, including its role in the phases of conflict, terrorism, peace operations, and development. An enhanced perspective on these factors will inform what has largely been a neglected area in US national security policy: how stakeholders can understand and address urgent contemporary security challenges with religious implications. The speakers, largely drawn from the Washington, DC policy community, included academics, specialists, and individuals with a wide range of government and security expertise. This workshop was an opportunity to better understand religion as a set of factors that cannot be ignored in international security and to overcome resistance to engaging this sensitive topic in foreign policy conversations. 
The workshop was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Institute for Collaboration and Adaptive Security, and the Naval Post-Graduate School’s Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies.

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May 23

Evening Keynote Address |
Andrew Natsios, formerly USAID 

May 24

The Religious Dynamics of War and Peace | Heather Gregg, Naval Postgraduate School; Dayne Nix, Naval War College; Eric Patterson, Georgetown University

Religion and National Security | Ambassador John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations; Eric Patterson, Georgetown University; Timothy Shah, Georgetown University

Understanding US International Religious Freedom Policy | Victoria Alvarado, US Department of State; Thomas Farr, Georgetown University; Touqir Hussain, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities

Faith and Religious Actors in Peace Operations: USAID’s Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Toolkit | Marci Moberg, US Agency for International Development

May 25

Religion and Terrorism | Paul Pillar, Georgetown University

Religion and Development | Katherine Marshall, Georgetown University and World Faiths Development Dialogue

Stabilization Operations in Highly Religious Societies: The Afghan Case | Vince Dreyer; Dayne Nix, Naval War College; Eric Patterson, Georgetown University

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