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Integrating religious engagement into diplomacy: challenges and opportunities

Mandaville, P. and Silvestri, S. (2015). Integrating religious engagement into diplomacy: challenges and opportunities. Issues in Governance Studies, 67, pp. 1-13.


The last few years have witnessed a flurry of interest and activity around religion and religious engagement in diplomatic circles on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2013, the US State Department established a new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives as part of a broader national strategy on religious leadership and faith community engagement led by the White House’s National Security Council. Within the same year, the European Union issued new guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief; the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development opened a new office focused on similar issues; and the French Foreign Ministry sponsored a major conference on the question of religion and foreign policy with a keynote address delivered by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
Date available in CRO: 08 Apr 2016 09:14
Date deposited: 22 July 2016
Date of acceptance: 29 January 2015
Date of first online publication: 29 January 2015
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