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.
In China, IGE has sought to make the case that if religion has been part of the problem, it should also be part of the solution. For example, IGE participated in three conferences with a Chinese government think tank in three different western Chinese provinces on local policies toward ethnic minority Muslims. A national conference was convened in 2010 to compare and contrast the different approaches, leading to a discussion of the effectiveness of different policies. The conference also resulted in a book jointly published by IGE and its Chinese partner, the first instance of a joint publication between a Chinese official agency and a U.S. faith-based NGO on the issue.
In addition, IGE features unique research from Chinese voices on the intersection of religion, security, and society in China. Below is a partial list of works that are representative of the kinds of issues that IGE explores:
- "Risk Aversion, Shortage Economy, and Gender Differences in Religious Activities in China," F. Carson Mencken & Jiexia Zhai Autry, Sociological Focus, 2 April 2013.
- Muslims and a Harmonious Society: Selected Papers from a Three-Conference Series on Muslim Minorities in Northwest China, Ethnic Minority Group Development Research Institute within the Development Research Center of China's State Council & Institute for Global Engagement.
- "On Rule of Law and Religious Organizations in China," Gao Quanxi, Review of Faith & International Affairs, vol. 8, no. 2, 2010.
- "Spiritual Therapy for Drug Rehabilitation," Wang Aiguo, Review of Faith & International Affairs, vol. 7, no. 3, 2009.
- "The Functions of Religion in Constructing a Harmonious Society: A Chinese Perspective," Jin Ze, Review of Faith & International Affairs, vol. 7, no. 3, 2009.
- "Religion as a Factor in Sino-U.S. Relations," Liu Peng, Review of Faith & International Affairs, vol. 6, no. 2, 2008.