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January 15-16, 2015

Hosted by the Religious Freedom Project, this British Council workshop on religious understanding consisted of five panel discussions, two roundtables, and three other breakout sessions. In addition to a host of university professors—representing Georgetown, George Washington, the University of Minnesota, the University of Florida, and the University of Leeds—this event welcomed representatives from the American Academy of Religion, Atlantic Council, Institute for Economics and Peace, Institute for Global Engagement, U.S. Department of State, and World Bank.
The keynote panel, led by Brian Grim and Alex Thurston, addressed religious dynamics in the Horn of Africa. Subsequent panels covered topics including: the interaction of religious and political priorities in the region; barriers to religious engagement; religion and development; and policymakers’ engagement with religious leaders.

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