Maintaining International Religious Freedom as a Central Tenet of U.S. National Security
Author: Peter Mandaville
October 17, 2022
This report, co-authored by Senior Research Fellow Peter Mandaville and Knox Thames and published by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), examines the history of the United States' commitment to international religious freedom and the challenges to ensuring that it remains a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy and national security. In 2021 and 2022, the Religion and Inclusive Societies Program at USIP convened the Working Group on U.S. International Religious Freedom Promotion to Advance Peace and Stability, which included Berkley Center scholars Judd Birdsall, David Little, Katherine Marshall, Eric Patterson, and Asma Uddin. This report summarizes the group’s discussions and proposes recommendation for promoting international religious freedom as a key component of American national security and peacebuilding.