In their 2010 religious freedom report, The State Department said, "We welcome the Lao government's written agreement with the Institute for Global Engagement to provide training on religious freedom for government officials and religious leaders."Read more
IGE believes firmly in universal human dignity and is committed to the protection of all faiths through the rule of law. IGE pursues this mission with a balanced approach, encouraging governments to protect religious freedom (top-down engagement) and equipping citizens to exercise that freedom responsibly (bottom-up engagement).
IGE's religious freedom programs are rooted in long-term relationships and practical agreements with government officials, policymakers, and faith communities in the United States and in each of the countries where we work. For example, we currently have signed agreements with local partners in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Pakistan. These agreements create mechanisms for respectful and open dialogue about the proper role of religion in each of these societies, as well as practical projects that promote respect and reconciliation.
Our engagement strategy is both innovative and singular. First and foremost, we promote religious freedom as a core value, and not simply as a subset of a country's many human rights obligations. This is a product of our conviction that freedom of belief is truly a foundational right. Second, operationally, we work closely with governments and influential scholars to advance the view that religious freedom—properly implemented—can be a critical component of social and political stability. Effective and sensitive management of religious activity by states can serve as an antidote against some forms of religious extremism, and can help governments to build bridges with disaffected minority communities.
Respect. Reconciliation. Religious Freedom. This is our work and our calling.
IGE has positioned itself as a trusted third party working with national leaders (top-down engagement) and the people of Vietnam (bottom-up engagement) to promote a sustainable environment for religious freedom in the country.Read more
IGE's engagement in the region began in 2005, when, seeking to move past mutual stereotypes of Pakistanis and Americans, IGE invited the province's Islamist Chief Minister to visit the U.S.Read more
The Institute for Global Engagement works to build a space where the top-down and bottom-up can engage in dialogue over how religion can contribute to a prosperous and flourishing society. IGE also engages in cutting-edge research that examines key issues at the intersection of religion, security, and society in China.Read more
Southeast Asian countries include nearly 9% of the world’s population and, according to the Pew Forum, a disproportionate share of religious freedom violations. Fortunately, there are emerging opportunities to influence reform in the region. With a strong platform established by previous IGE efforts, further opportunities have now opened to provide training on religion and rule of law in Myanmar.Read more
The Center for Women, Faith & Leadership (CWFL) supports and equips women of faith to assume and advance in leadership roles and influence decision making in global affairs, with particular emphasis in areas where women are most affected yet have had the least influence - religious freedom, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.Read more
IGE's Eurasia Program was founded in 2012 to bring academic and practical resources on religious freedom to the post-Soviet states of Central Asia. IGE seeks to create a space for an academically-informed, policy-relevant discussion of religious freedom and security where none has existed before.Read more