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Peter Mandaville

Senior Research Fellow

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June 27, 2022

A Ripe Moment for Building Peace by Promoting International Religious Freedom

Writing for the United States Institute of Peace, Senior Research Fellow Peter Mandaville and co-author Knox Thames anticipate the upcoming IRF Summit and the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief as opportunities for advocates to form diverse coalitions and lean into religious freedom's connection to stability and security.


Peter Mandaville is a Berkley Center senior research fellow and a United States Institute of Peace senior visiting expert. He is also a professor of international affairs at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where he serves as the director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. Previous government experience includes serving as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning Staff (2011-2012) and as a senior advisor in the department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs (2015-2016). He has also been a visiting senior fellow at the Pew Research Center. His research focuses on the intersection of religion and international affairs, with a primary focus on Islam and the Muslim world. His publications include, among others, Wahhabism and the World (2022), Islam and Politics (2014, 2020), Global Political Islam (2007), and Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma (2001). He holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Kent and has studied at the American University in Cairo.

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