October 28th, 2010 | For more on this event, please visit: bit.ly/bQ17Sc
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs | Georgetown University
With the growth of religious pluralism on a global scale, freedom of religion has emerged as more than a fundamental human rights issue. It also intersects with other foreign policy challenges, including political, social, and economic development. One of the most important but most poorly understood connections is with national security.
Through the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs held a symposium on October 28, 2010 on religious freedom and US national security policy. Questions addressed include: Why should national security specialists be concerned about religious freedom? Under what conditions might greater US support for religious liberty abroad help to reduce political instability, religious radicalism and terrorist violence? When, where and why might an emphasis on religious liberty provoke negative reactions abroad that undermine American political and security interests? Might a wise and prudent religious liberty policy overcome such reactions and if so how?
The symposium discussed these and related questions in two sessions. The first session examined the presence/absence of religious freedom in US national security policy in general, with a focus on the Obama Administration's National Security Strategy document. The second session addressed the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Panel 1: Religious Freedom in US National Security Policy
Dr. Pauletta Otis, Professor of Security Studies, Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University
Dr. William Inboden, Distinguished Scholar, Strauss Center for International Security and Law; Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
Dr. Eric Patterson, Assistant Director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Visiting Professor of Government, Georgetown University
Ms. Jennifer Marshall, Director, Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, Moderator