The Global Leadership Forum

The Global Leadership Forum

The Global Leadership Forum is a conference series run by the Center for Global Education that brings people of faith and global leaders together to wrestle with the toughest international issues while building relationships.

Global Leadership Forums have been held in churches and universities across the United States and have served as a resource to people of faith and international affairs professionals alike.

For 2012-2013, in lieu of the the Global Leadership Forum, IGE has focused on the CFIA series of lectures and panels, which presents findings and recommendations derived from special issues of The Review of Faith & International Affairs. Several of these events have been held at the Army-Navy Club (one block from the White House), a venue that both substantively and symbolically underscores that the role of religion in public life is not just a matter of "soft power" but is also inextricably related to hard power. For good or ill, religion and realpolitik are always interrelated. By design, these events bring governmental and grassroots leaders together. To borrow from the lingo of diplomacy, the events represented a creative intersection of "Track 1" and "Track 2" — i.e. "Track 1.5" engagement. To date the CFIA lecture series has covered: Religious Freedom and the 3 D's of American National Power: Diplomacy, Development, Defense;  Shari’a, Democracy, and Human Rights: Debates and Policy Implications; and, International Religious Freedom Advocacy: Peril and Promise.

For the 2011 Global Leadership Forum, IGE partnered with Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA; the only American university to have an academic partnership with NATO. The public conference featured comparative reflections on how NATO did (not) do religious engagement in the Balkans and Afghanistan. The private discussion witnessed the command chaplains from the U.S. military’s combatant commands worldwide discuss religious engagement.

The 2009 and 2010 Global Leadership Forum was thematically focused on "Evangelicals and Muslims: Conversations on Respect, Reconciliation, and Religious Freedom." It was co-sponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

The 2008 Global Leadership Forum was entitled "The 'New' Evangelical: Profile, Policy, Practice." It featured three conversations among leading evangelical thinkers and representatives from other faith traditions about the opportunities and challenges that face American evangelicalism. Participants discussed the characteristics of the "new" evangelicalism and how it is defining, and being defined by, global trends. The first conversation featured Mark Galli, Jay Hein, and D. Michael Lindsay, who discussed the characteristics of the new evangelical and how the definition has changed over time. The second conversation featured Colleen Carroll Campbell, George Ward, and Suhail Khan, who considered the policy priorities of the new evangelical, and the impact those priorities might have on the November 2008 presidential election. The event concluded with a conversation between Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Paul-Gordon Chandler, and Bethany Hanke Hoang, who explored how these ideas are lived out in a world suspicious of evangelicals. What emerged from GLF 2008 was a new focus for evangelicals on finding practical policy solutions to bring about greater social justice, based on an absolute and unchanging belief in a loving God.  More information on GLF 2008 can be found here.

The September 2007 theme was "Stewarding Christian Citizenship: Heavenly, Global, Local." It's keynote speakers were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Robert Seiple, who gave their perspectives on how their heavenly citizenship affects their public service. Other speakers included Michael Gerson, Brady Anderson, Ahmed Younis, and Hadia Mubarak.