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ASU Insight: Religion and International Affairs Faith, Conflict and Governance

seated panel discussion

How do you create stability in highly religious societies?

September 30, 2015

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, The McCain Institute and The Woolf Institute hosted "Religion and International Affairs: Faith, Conflict and Governance" We examined the role of religion in international affairs, particularly how it impacts societies that are experiencing conflict. We covered the danger of conflating the Middle East crisis with religion, often forgetting that it is also about society and government. We examined the conflict potential in specific countries outside the Middle East such as Bosnia and Pakistan, and also commented on the situation in countries where large minorities are being persecuted such as Nigeria and China. The growth of non-religious groups was also considered. When examining these countries the panelists looked at the opportunity for not wasting a crisis i.e. How do you create stability in highly religious societies? How do you create prosperity and good governance in these countries?



Amb. Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute


Dr. Hassan Abbas, Professor of International Security Studies, National Defense University

Shaun Casey, U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, State Department

Dr. Edward Kessler, Founder Director, Woolf Institute

Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations