Using the resources of the Kennedy School of Government, the Divinity School, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, this project is designed to establish courses, seminars, executive training sessions, and research projects focusing on the study of religion as it bears on international relations and foreign policy. The goal of this initiative is to integrate a sophisticated understanding of religion with international affairs in policymaking and scholarship. This initiative, launched in 2007, was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Executive Education: These sessions are intended to compliment current sessions but expanded to include a more in-depth discussion of the historical role of religion in international affairs and the relationship between religion, development, and democracy.
A course on religion and global politics: This is a university wide course that explores how religion shapes the political, economic, and social objectives actors pursue on the world stage.
Faculty seminar on religion, politics, and international affairs: The third element of this initiative is a monthly seminar series for Harvard Faculty. The seminars will address religion, democratization,and international relations. Attendance is by invitation.
Research funding: Under the auspices of the Initiative, research funds will be available to top graduate students, as part of the ISP fellowship competition.