On May 15, the religion, policy and politics project at Brookings will co-host an event with George Mason University and City University London to discuss how and when religion is relevant to foreign policy. Featuring remarks from State Department Special Advisor Shaun Casey and Merete Bilde, advisor at the European Union’s External Action Service, participants will explore various approaches to religious engagement in diplomacy, international religious freedom, and differences between U.S. and European approaches to these issues.
Brookings Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne will offer opening remarks. George Mason’s Peter Mandaville and City University London’s Sara Silvestri will present the findings of recent transatlantic conferences on the topic. The event will be moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow William Galston.
After the panel we will take questions from the audience.
Special Advisor to the Secretary of State - U.S. Department of State
Advisor - EU External Action Service
Former Brookings Expert
Professor of International Affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government - George Mason University
Director, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies - George Mason University
Senior Research Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs - Georgetown University
Senior Lecturer - City University London
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Because the Muslim population is based in cities and relatively small, nativists have little contact with and are unlikely to focus on Muslims for long: "We are not the main target of xenophobia because there are bigger groups to be racist about."