نبيل فياض

حوارات ولقاءات

International Religious Freedom: Toward a Model of Transatlantic Cooperation

A Policy Dialogue at Georgetown University, October 8-9, 2015

Over the past five years or so, several European countries, the European Union, as well as Canada have taken up religious freedom in their foreign policies in one way or another, thus following the precedent set by the U.S. Congress in passing the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998.  The potential exists, then, for significant transatlantic cooperation in promoting international religious freedom. 

 However, differences in approaches among Western democracies are significant. They stem from varying understandings of the meaning and reach of religious freedom, especially in its public and political manifestations. These variances derive from differing histories, views on church-state relations, and ongoing internal religious freedom controversies. There are also inevitable difficulties attendant on the need for multilateral coordination.  Finally, there are divergent views (within and between Western democracies) over the potential effects of religious freedom on other goods, such as democratic consolidation, economic development, intellectual vitality, stability, and international security

The purpose of the two-day policy dialogue is to identify and explore these differences, and to find ways to accommodate or overcome them in order to build transatlantic bridges in the urgent task of advancing international religious freedom.

This policy dialogue is a partnership of two major initiatives. The first is a year-long series of events on policy associated with the International Religious Freedom Act, which will produce a revised edition of The Future of U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy. This series is sponsored by the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University (together with its partner, the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University), The Review of Faith & International Affairs at the Institute for Global Engagement, and the Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs at Boston University.

The second is a “Bridging Voices” grant from the British Council, awarded to the Center for Civil and Human Rights of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Sussex, in partnership with the European University Institute and the University of Milan, to foster a transatlantic partnership on religious freedom. This will be the second of two policy dialogues on the subject, the first having taken place at Wilton Park, United Kingdom in February 2015. Generously co-sponsoring the dialogues are the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (BYU) and McGill University’s Birks Forum on the World's Religions.

Selected presentations will appear in the Review of Faith and International Affairs. The dialogue is also part of a semester-long exploration of the Global Future of Governance, under the auspices of Georgetown University's Global Futures Initiative. 

 

 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8:

 9:00-9:15 a.m. | Welcome

Thomas Banchoff, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs

Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame

Thomas Farr, Religious Freedom Project

 9:15-10:45 a.m. | Keynote Address: Toward a New Paradigm on Religion and Modernity

 Peter Berger, Boston University (keynote speaker)

Walter Russell Mead, Hudson Institute (moderator)

David Brooks, New York Times (respondent)

 10:45-11:00: Break

 11:00-12:15 p.m. | The Case for Religious Freedom Policy

 Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame (moderator)

Mustafa Akyol, Star and Hurriyet Daily News

Allen Hertzke, University of Oklahoma

Sofia Lemmetyinen, European Commission

 12:15-12:45 p.m. | Lunch

 12:45-2:15 p.m. | Keynote Conversation: Overcoming Differences Between Western Democracies in Developing a Common Religious Freedom Policy

 Timothy Samuel Shah, Religious Freedom Project (moderator)

Thomas Farr, Religious Freedom Project

Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan

Ahmet Kuru, San Diego State University

Anne Leahy, McGill University

 2:15-2:30 p.m. | Break

 2:30-4:00 p.m. | How Can Western Democracies' Religious Freedom Policy Advance National and International Security?

 Thomas Farr, Religious Freedom Project (moderator)

Sue Breeze, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Pasquale Ferrara, European University Institute

Nilay Saiya, SUNY Brockport

Monica Toft, Oxford University

 4:00-4:15 p.m. | Break

 4:15-5:15 p.m. | Keynote Address: US Religious Freedom Policy: What Lessons Should Other Western Democracies Learn from It?

 David Saperstein, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

 

 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9: Private Sessions – Country and Region Studies

 9:00-10:30 a.m. | The Broader Middle East and the Question of Violent Religious Extremism

 Timur Kuran, Duke University (moderator)

Chris Seiple, Institute for Global Engagement

Nabil Fayyad, Syrian Delegation for Constitutional Reform

Farahnaz Ispahani, Former Member, Pakistan Parliament

 10:30-10:45 a.m. |  Coffee Break

 10:45-12:15 p.m. | India and the Far East

 Rebecca Shah, Religious Freedom Project (moderator)

Faizan Mustafa, NALSAR University of Law, India

Liu Peng, Pu Shi Institute for Social Sciences

Mun’im Sirry, University of Notre Dame

Fenggang Yang, Purdue University

 12:15-1:00 p.m. | Lunch

 1:00-2:30 p.m. | Eastern Europe and Orthodoxy

 Chris Seiple, Institute for Global Engagement (moderator)

Karrie Koesel, University of Notre Dame

Chris Marsh, US Army School of Advanced Military Studies

Lev Simkin, Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property in Moscow

Victor Yelensky, Member of Parliament of Ukraine

 2:30-2:45 p.m. | Coffee Break

 2:45-4:00 p.m. | Prospects for Transatlantic Cooperation: Policy Recommendations

Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame (moderator)

Cole Durham, International Center for Law and Religion Studies

Thomas Farr, Religious Freedom Project

Fabio Petito, University of Sussex

Knox Thames, Office of International Religious Freedom, US State Department

To download a PDF file about the Dialogue click here

Who's Online

74 زائر، ولايوجد أعضاء داخل الموقع

اشترك بالنشرة البريدية

أنت هنا: Home حوارات ولقاءات International Religious Freedom: Toward a Model of Transatlantic Cooperation