Conference: Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional/Global Security Challenges (St. Edward’s U.)

Conference: November 1-2, 2016

The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University along with NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division in Brussels present an international conference on

“Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional/Global Security Challenges”

The conference represents the second session in a series of the Kozmetsky Center & Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University project on religion and international security. Building on recommendations generated from a prior inaugural project session held at NATO Headquarters in January 2016, this second conference gathering will focus on defining and discussing the challenges that policy officials confront in attempting to engage productively with religious communities in addressing contemporary critical security challenges and threats.

The sessions will feature leading international experts on religion-security with current and former senior policy officials and religious clerics to exchange perspectives on a range of issues including violent extremism and terrorism, religious drivers in contemporary geopolitical divisions, and religious contributions to conflict resolution, economic development and other areas of human security.  Conference organizers are approaching the topic with the assumption that the international community faces challenges that can only be addressed by a comprehensive cooperative approach.  By facilitating the exchanges among academic experts, policy officials, security and defense practitioners and religious leaders representing different nations and regions, the Kozmetsky Center hopes to strengthen networks of collaboration for addressing our most important security challenges.

Dr. Andrew A. Natsios, former Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and current Director of the Scowcroft Institute of Texas A & M University will deliver the keynote lecture for the conference.

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