NEWS: Growing Interest in Religion and Foreign Policy

President Reagan Nancy Reagan and Billy Graham at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1985

President Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Billy Graham at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1985

Foreign Affairs magazine offers its own book list for those interested in the relationship between religion and American foreign policy. Contributor Chris Seiple asserts that most policy discussions surprisingly lack a consideration for the role of religion in international affairs. Even though religion shapes public life globally, policymakers and scholars are often reluctant to incorporate religion into their examinations and evaluations of international relations. In effort to make foreign policy analysis more “relevant,” Seiple offers a sample reading list of the most recent scholarship on the subject, including Elliott Abrams’ edited volume The Influence of Faith: Religious Groups and U.S. Foreign Policy, Scott M. Thomas’ The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations: The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs. For the complete book list, click here.

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