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Religion and Foreign Policy Seminars launch

21 December 2012



On the 19th December Baroness Warsi and the Most Reverend Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols launched a series of seminars on Religion and Foreign Policy for members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, co-ordinated by the Woolf Institute.  Chaired by Lord Hameed, Chair of the Woolf Institute Board of Trustees, this well attended opening seminar was the first of five lunch-time seminars and two one-day workshops addressing the role of religion and freedom of belief in the work of the Foreign Office, with a particular focus on the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Lord Hameed, welcoming this initial session as an opportunity to bring together foreign and domestic policy on faith and religion issues, congratulated Baroness Warsi on her appointment as Senior FCO Minister of State and as the Minister of Faith and Local Communities and commended the government's ongoing efforts in engaging with faith communities.

2013 will see four further sessions in the series: on the 29th January Woolf Institute Executive Director Dr Ed Kessler MBE and the Reverend Dr Toby Howarth (Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs for the Church of England) will address the role of The Church of England and International Diplomacy, on the 20th February Dr Ewan Stein (University of Edinburgh) will reflect on The impact of the Arab-Israeli Conflict on the Islamist parties in the Middle East and North Africa, on the 6th March Woolf Institute Deputy Director Dr Shana Cohen and Professor George Joffe (University of Cambridge) will address the topic of Religious Minorities and the Right to be Secular and, finally, on the 20th March, Lord Woolf will examine The Rule of Law in an Interfaith World. These seminars will be followed by two full-day workshops, facilitated by the Woolf Institute team, addressing staff working either on country desks in the UK or preparing to work on human rights and political issues at UK Embassies overseas.

For further information please contact:

Claire Curran

PA to Dr Edward Kessler, MBE

Founder Director, The Woolf Institute

+44 (0)1223 741048

+44 (0)7977 991473


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