Please join us on Thursday October 27, 2016, 1:00pm EST for IGE’s Faith & International Affairs Conference Call. The topic of the call is “Framing Religious Tolerance as a National Security Issue in US-Pakistan Relations.” Religious tolerance in Pakistan has declined in recent years, leaving religious minorities increasingly vulnerable. Prioritizing protection of religious freedom is not only important as a human rights issue, but also as a strategic and security issue. Our speaker will be Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Curtis is author of the recent article in IGE’s Review of Faith & International Affairs titled “Religious Freedom in Pakistan: Glimmers of Light on a Darkening Horizon”, and is a speaker on IGE’s upcoming panel (Nov. 1 at Pepperdine University’s DC campus), “Can the Politics of Religious Freedom Stop at the Water’s Edge?”

To join the discussion, please email Ms. Lindsay Kuntz ( and provide your first name, last name, affiliation, and number from which you will be calling, after which point the dial-in number and conference code will be sent to you. This invitation is transferable, so please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues who you think might be interested in the topic or the series. However, please note that an RSVP is required for each individual in advance of the call in order to participate.

About the Institute for Global Engagement’s (IGE) Faith & International Affairs Conference Call series – The Faith & International Conference Call series brings together government and religious leaders, policy makers, scholars, and thinkers to educate and inform on issues at the nexus of religion and global affairs. Facilitated by a member of the IGE senior leadership team, calls will include commentary and perspectives from the IGE staff, as well as other notable practitioners and experts. The series offers callers an open and welcoming forum for discussion on critical global issues where religion plays a key role. Conference calls are held on the last Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted, with 20 minutes of opening statements from the experts, and up to 40 minutes for questions from callers. Audio recordings and supplemental readings are archived and will be made available for download following the conference call on the IGE website’s media library.