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Wednesday, May 23 | Evening Keynote Address & Reception by Andrew Natsios, former USAID Administrator

Religion and security considerations intersect in multiple, complex ways across the globe and are thus consequential for government policy, strategy, and engagement. Workshop participants will explore the multi-dimensional context of religion on the world stage, including its role in the phases of conflict, terrorism, peace operations, and development. An enhanced perspective on these factors will inform what has largely been a neglected area in U.S. national security policy: how stakeholders can understand and address urgent contemporary security challenges with religious implications. The speakers, largely drawn from the Washington, DC policy community, will include academics, specialists, and individuals with a wide range of government and security expertise. This workshop is an opportunity to better understand religion as a set of factors that cannot be ignored in international security and to overcome resistance to engaging this sensitive topic in foreign policy conversations. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Berkley Center, the Naval Post-Graduate School's Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies, and The Institute for Collaboration and Adaptive Security.

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