Conference: Liberty and Power - A Dialogue on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy

Contact: Cindy L. Jobbins, 215.575.4812, Burke Olsen, 202.955.5078


Washington, D.C. - 10/12/2004 - Does religion have a place in the formulation of American foreign policy? Even asking the question frightens some people, especially in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. But with many Americans ranking foreign affairs as the No. 1 issue in the upcoming presidential election, the complicated relationship between faith and foreign policy is something we cannot ignore. These issues will be discussed at a conferene titled, "Liberty and Power: A Dialogue on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy", hosted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Brookings Institution from 10 am to noon, Friday, October 15, 2004 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. In the new volume, Liberty and Power: A Dialogue on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy in an Unjust World, six of the nation’s most distinguished moral and political thinkers take up the question of religion’s role in American foreign policy. Can religious convictions help shape a moral and constructive foreign policy? Or does the synthesis of religion and foreign policy inevitably lead to fanaticism, crusades and holy wars? The nation's foremost experts in these fields will discuss the issues.

Speakers include:

  • J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University    
  • Charles Krauthammer, Columnist, The Washington Post    
  • Walter Russell Mead, Henry Kissinger Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations    
  • Louise Richardson, Executive Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University    
  • Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland; Nonresident Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution
Moderator:

  • E.J. Dionne, Jr., Senior Adviser, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life; Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution
Read the full report Conference: Liberty and Power - A Dialogue on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy on The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life website.

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