Kennedy School Launches Initiative on Religion in International Affairs

Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government has announced a two-year, $400,000 grant from the New York City-based Henry Luce Foundation for a new academic research program, the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

The initiative intends to examine the substantive policy issues relevant to the role of religion in international affairs, including peace and war. The grant will fund the program's initial development and research endeavors, which will engage resources and students across Harvard University, including the Kennedy School, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Harvard Divinity School.

The interdisciplinary initiative, based at the Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, will be directed by Monica Duffy Toft, associate professor of public policy, and Fr. J. Bryan Hehir, professor of the practice of religion and public life and the former president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. "Working alongside their colleagues...scholars and students at the Kennedy School will have the opportunity with this new program to examine how faith affects policy and vice versa," said Kennedy School dean David T. Ellwood. "This grant comes as wonderful news to those of us who seek new answers to the many questions surrounding religion and international affairs."