Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Religion & Foreign Policy in the United States and Europe

Religion and Foreign Policy in the United States and Europe

The University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Glickman Conference Center
(CLA 1.302E) 

Religion is an increasingly influential force within many countries and in international politics. The seemingly secular international order which dominated the 20th century has been impacted in recent decades by the rise of political Islam in many different varieties, a strengthening Evangelical movement in the United States and much of the developing world, and Orthodox churches revitalized after the collapse of the Soviet communist empire. Oppressive governments and societies around the world challenge both the freedom of peoples to practice their faiths and the rights of women and sexual minorities to live as they wish.

European and North American societies have diverse attitudes towards secularism and religious freedom. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic are challenged by the question of how they should account for religion in their foreign policies, in the context of a world in which power is increasingly diffuse and non-Western and the salience of religion in political life is on the rise.

The Transatlantic Academy is a research institution devoted to creating common approaches to the long-term challenges facing Europe and North America. The Academy does this by each year bringing together scholars, policy experts, and authors from both sides of the Atlantic and from different disciplinary perspectives to research and analyze a distinct policy theme of transatlantic interest. This year, the Academy is examining the role of religion in politics and foreign policy in Europe and the United States, and its implications for the liberal order.

Sponsored by: The Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies


9:30 – 11:00am  Panel I – Transatlantic Academy

Michael Barnett, Senior Fellow – “Religion and Liberal Order”

Lucian Leustean, Senior Fellow – “Eastern Orthodoxy and Liberal Order”

Nora Fisher Onar, Fellow – “Turkey’s Geocultural Challenge”

11:00 – 11:30am  Large Group Discussion

11:30am  Break

1:30 – 3:00pm  Panel II – University of Texas

Sharyl Cross, “Religion and International Security: Exploring the Theory/Policy-Practice Nexus”

Mary Neuburger, “Believing Diplomats: American Protestant Missionaries and Diplomacy in Southeastern Europe, 1876-1947”

William Inboden, "Reinhold Niebuhr and the Transatlantic Relationship"

Jeremi Suri, "The Judeo-Christian Tradition and American Foreign Policy since the Second World War"

3:00 – 3:30pm  Large Group Discussion

3:30pm  Closing Remarks/Thoughts

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