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Religion and World Politics

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Around the world, religious actors and institutions have gained political influence, marshaling religious arguments to justify their activities. Moreover, religion has inspired a multitude of world events, ranging from horrific terrorist acts to altruistic responses to the refugee crisis. These resources consider how religious beliefs and actors influence political activity throughout societies.

Our Experts

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Shaun Casey

Walsh School of Foreign Service

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Jocelyne Cesari

Senior Fellow
Department of Government

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Project Spotlight

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The Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power

This project will explore the global impact of transnational religious propagation activities sponsored by several countries in the Middle East which for decades have deployed religion as a form of soft power in pursuit of their evolving foreign policy and other objectives.


Report May 17, 2021

2021 Strategic Note on Religion & Diplomacy

The 2021 Strategic Note on Religion & Diplomacy highlights key recent developments pertaining to the religious dimensions of major topics in foreign policy, offering a brief analysis of how religion fits into the picture and how religion may affect future developments.


Discover the firsthand experiences of faith leaders, activists, and peacebuilding practitioners working on issues ranging from development and education to conflict resolution and foreign policy.

For over a decade, Berkley Center scholars and students have been conducting interviews with individuals working at the intersection of religion and world affairs. These discussions offer unique insights into the inner workings of a wide spectrum of professions touched by religion with interviewees ranging from the highest levels of leadership of international organizations to on-the-ground practitioners. Explore individual interviews here or follow links to our interview collections below:

Blog Posts

Current and Past Projects

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Islam and Secularism

The Islam and Secularism Project is an investigation of religious integration of Muslims in Europe and the United States.
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Religion in China and the United States

From 2006 to 2018 the Religion in China and the United States project sought to promote dialogue, improve understanding, and inform better policy on key issues in U.S.-China relations, including religious freedom and the changing role of religion in world affairs.
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Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy

The Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy (TPNRD) is a forum of diplomats from North America and Europe who are the designated point people on issues of religion and diplomacy within their respective foreign ministries.