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Bridging Voices is a transatlantic network conducting research and building capacity in religion and international affairs. Religion plays an important role in shaping societies, values, and cultures. The US and UK are seeing a rise in populism, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism. 

“From human rights and international development to violent extremism and political polarisation, religion is an important facet of culture and our lived reality. These conversations are needed and the dialogues bring new actors into the room, whose voices need to be heard.” - Merete Bilde, Policy Advisor at the European External Action Service (EEAS) at the European Union in Brussels

From 2013 to 2016, Bridging Voices supported 43 universities, think tanks and NGOs to run 50 dialogues across the US, UK, and Europe. These dialogues engaged academics, policymakers, diplomats, journalists, and practitioners, transforming perceptions and building understanding across different sectors. From 2017 to 2020, Bridging Voices will continue these conversations, adding a virtual network where stakeholders can share knowledge and best practices. 

We awarded grants to US and UK universities to support transatlantic research towards improved understanding of the role of religion in culture and policy. Bridging Voices will release research papers and policy recommendations to inform governments and media globally on religious complexities that affect day-to-day life.