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Mar 03, 2015

The Future of Religion and Diplomacy

A conversation with Madeleine Albright and Officials from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, March 3, at 9:30 a.m., at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will join experts from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to discuss the ways the State Department is addressing religious dynamics and engaging religious actors towards development, human rights, and conflict mitigation objectives.

In July 2013, the White House issued the National Strategy on Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement, which recognized the centrality of religion to the nation’s diplomacy and development objectives. That same month, in order to strengthen the State Department’s capacity to execute this strategy, Secretary of State John Kerry created the Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

Former Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright authored The Mighty & The Almighty in 2006, addressing the role of religion in foreign policy. She suggests that religion and diplomacy are intertwined and central to issues of justice and peace around the world. In 1997, Albright was named the first female Secretary of State of the United States, and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. She is currently the Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.

Panelists from the U.S. Department of State include Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Shaun Casey, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira N. Forman, and Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik H. Zafar.

About the Newseum Institute

The Newseum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, NewseumED and the Religious Freedom Center. The Newseum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Newseum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

About the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the American public about the religious-liberty principles of the First Amendment. It is housed at the Newseum, one of the top attractions in Washington, DC. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter.

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