Religious Intolerance and America’s Image and Policies Abroad

The values of the American Creed—pluralism, diversity, and tolerance—sustain U.S. global leadership and provide an aspiration to others. These principles contribute to the appeal and influence of the United States on the global stage. Insidious intolerance and delegitimizing rhetoric domestically undermines these ideals and provides space for hate crimes and degrading actions, threatening to devalue the currency of U.S. power. This panel discussion examined the impact of subtle and overt forms of domestic religious intolerance on the U.S. image and ability to pursue our policy objectives abroad. Looking forward, panelists discussed what the U.S. government and civil society can do to shape the narrative, rhetoric, and policies in the United States to preserve these unique components of the nation's power.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Campus Ministry; the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies; the Center for Jewish Civilization; the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy; the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement; and the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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