Religion and International Affairs: Assessing the State of the Art

Social Science Research Council

In collaboration with the Henry Luce Foundation, the SSRC convened over thirty leaders of ongoing and recently concluded projects supported by the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs for a two-day conference on the present state of the field. A select number of special guests were also invited on the basis of their renowned expertise and unique perspectives on the multiple intersections of religion and global affairs. Participants represented a broad spectrum of institutions, from major universities to international nongovernmental organizations to widely recognized public affairs media outlets. The conference was organized around an extensive and multifocal set of thematic areas and operational concerns; it also provided a unique opportunity to forge new relationships while extending and reinforcing existing networks among scholars and practitioners working at the crossroads of religion and international affairs.