• Religion in Foreign Policy Under Trump

    Religion in Foreign Policy Under Trump

    Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall, together with Susan Hayward of the United States Institute of Peace, criticizes the Trump administration for failing to understand and deal with religion in all its complexity in foreign policy in a Religion News Service op-ed.

  • Trump and International Religious Freedom

    Trump and International Religious Freedom

    In an op-ed in the Hill, Thomas Farr, senior fellow and director of the Religious Freedom Research Project, argues that a strong international religious freedom policy, including greater support for the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, is essential for stability in the Middle East and, by extension, is central to U.S. national security interests.

  • Catholic Theological Society of America Board Releases Statement on President Trump's Executive Order

    Catholic Theological Society of America Board Releases Statement on President Trump's Executive Order

    Berkley Center Senior Fellow Fr. David Hollenbach, S.J., serves as the society's president and was a signatory of the statement on refugees and migration.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship for Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

    Postdoctoral Fellowship for Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

    The Berkley Center is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the 2017 fall semester. Candidates should be based at a Chinese university or institute and engaged in research at the intersection of religion, culture, and society.

  • In Defense of Religious Freedom

    In Defense of Religious Freedom

    Timothy Shah, director for international research for the Religious Freedom Research Project, offers a critique of new publications by the "new critics of religious freedom" in a Journal of Law and Religion book review co-authored with Dan Philpott.

Upcoming Events

February 23, 2017

Healing Divides, Enriching Understanding: Interfaith Movements

An untold number of interfaith and intrafaith initiatives respond to the violence and uneasy tensions of our times. Especially where conflicts touch on religious identities or where leaders fuel fires with aspersions of “others,” these efforts aim to confront root causes of tensions that touch on religious beliefs and practices. At their best, with careful, persistent work, interfaith efforts address…

February 23, 2017

The Morality of Victory

Moral and legal standards for the use of force have recently reclaimed a central position in international political debates, including former president Barack Obama’s open embrace of the language of just war tradition. But even as the moral grammar of war makes a popular comeback against the backdrop of crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere, the notion of “victory”…

February 27, 2017

How to Take Religion Seriously in World Politics: Can Religious Studies Help?

Nearly two decades after 9/11, there is widespread agreement that religion plays a part in international affairs; however, the specific role that it should play is still very much open to debate. At this event, scholars of religion and of international relations will explore ways religious studies can be relevant to international policymaking. They will discuss how the convergence of…

March 2, 2017

Age of Anger: Pankaj Mishra

Political systems across the world have seen stunning upheavals in recent years, as voters fueled by anger and frustration have upset the established order. The historic Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, and the growing popularity of right-wing political parties across Europe serve as just a few examples of this global phenomenon.

March 14, 2017

Muslims and the Making of America

American Muslim identity presently hangs under a dark cloud of suspicion. Ironically, as Amir Hussain demonstrates, there has never been an America without Muslims. The American tapestry is woven, in part, with Muslim threads.

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