Transatlantic Perspectives on Religion and Foreign Policy

In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest within foreign ministries in Europe and North America about the role and importance of religion in world affairs. Diplomats increasingly recognize the need to better understand religious dynamics and to incorporate engagement with religious actors into the policymaking process. And yet religion remains a sensitive topic, one that generates significant wariness in government circles.
Officials from European foreign ministries discussed how they have approached the challenge of both recognizing the importance of religion in foreign policy and integrating it into practical diplomatic work. They explored how the very different histories, norms, and arrangements governing religion, state, and society in various European countries affect the perspectives and approaches they bring to the challenge of engaging religion in foreign policy. Timothy Shah moderated the discussion.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies at the University of Cambridge's Clare College in the United Kingdom.

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