WORLD FAITH & THREE FAITHS FORUM – RELIGIOUS LITERACY FOR FOREIGN POLICY PROFESSIONALS
World Faith, Three Faiths Forum and independent consultant Josh Cass worked with academics and policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic to further develop and refine a religious literacy training program for foreign policy professionals. Participants in the project engaged with and critiqued the program material which is focused on the effective integration of religious engagement (with religious actors and religious issues) into diplomatic institutions and foreign policies. The trainings focused on how such engagement can improve the design and delivery of policy. While maintaining academic rigor, the program utilized case studies and simulations as part of its methodology.
Religious Engagement Training Pack, February 2015 (report in documents below)
Religious Engagement Training Pack, May 2015 (report in documents below)
Because of these dialogues, some partners from this grant went on to create the Forum in Religion and International Affairs (FRIA), a collaborative training experience for professionals working in international affairs with approaches for effective engagement with religion, faith and belief. Visit the website here.
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT & GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY – TOWARD BETTER INTERNATIONAL POLICYMAKING: UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN PRIORITY REGIONS
This project brought together regional specialists from the academic and foreign policymaking communities focused on two regions: the Horn of Africa and the Middle East/North Africa. In two workshops, these specialists focused on the role of religion and religious actors in regional foreign policy, development and conflict stabilization. Participants in these workshops worked towards the production of a set of working guidelines to help practitioners engaged in ‘religion-related’ policymaking to work with religious actors, understand religious dynamics and the influence of religion, and learn from previous cases.