Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Annual Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs


Annual Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs

September 27, 2023 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

About the Event


Olive Branch or Fig Leaf:
The Use and Abuse of Interfaith Relations in World Affairs

Reception 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Lecture 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 

In the past 20 years initiatives that cross faith lines have become increasingly significant on the geopolitical stage. The interfaith endeavor has expanded beyond boutique academic conferences and living room dialogues to take up tangible cooperation on policy issues, such as combating religious extremism, promoting freedom of conscience, and ensuring global security. At the same time, bad actors can also wield interfaith ties as a shield against criticism or as a tool to build alliances for political violence. Dr. Gordon will extract lessons from case studies from across the globe to demonstrate the constructive use of the contemporary interfaith moment and counter its abuse.

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Dr. Ari Gordon

Dr. Ari Gordon - Dr. Ari Gordon is Director of Muslim-Jewish Relations for the American Jewish Committee, where he builds partnerships between Jews and Muslims enabling them to work together on issues of common concern and fostering productive engagement on issues of difference. His work is based on the premise that healthy Muslim-Jewish relations help both communities and strengthens the democratic fabric of our world. ; Speaker