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Religious beliefs play a pivotal role in shaping international policies and events.

The Council's mission is to stimulate debate on the place of religion in public life, through a close examination of the rights and wrongs of harnessing the moral authority of religion for political purposes.

Our work examines cultural and religious values as sources of conflict or cooperation across societies and nations.

At present the Council is exploring the following topics:

  • What are the prospects for pluralism, democracy, and religious freedom, given the rise of faith-based politics worldwide, and the growing threat of religious extremism?
  • How is political Islam shaping the future of the Middle East, Europe, and the West?
  • What are the effects of changing global demographics, such as increased Muslim immigration to Europe?
  • What is the impact of faith-based politics on U.S. foreign policy?