Freedom of Religion or Belief in International Relations: Basic Principles, Nagging Debates

Author: Katherine Marshall

July 1, 2020

Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall explores the role of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) in the practice and study of international relations. As focus on FoRB increases worldwide, policymakers and development practitioners continue to debate how FoRB relates to the broader framework of human rights discourse. Taking a global view, Marshall frames ongoing tensions and agreements around FoRB in specific policy areas. She also explores implications of efforts to enhance religious literacy, as well as the links between religiously motivated conflicts and religious peacebuilding. The article concludes by noting how relational diplomacy to promote FoRB can help produce peaceful and sustainable societies worldwide. This article was published as issue 18 of Interreligious Relations by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).

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