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Ian Linden Ian Linden is a Senior Advisor at the Foundation, formerly director of the Social Action Programme, Faiths Act, and an associate professor in the Study of Religion at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London. He has published a number of books on religion in Africa and, recently, two major studies on faith and globalisation, “A New Map of the World and Global Catholicism”. He was, for fifteen years, director of the Catholic Institute for International Relations and was awarded the CMG for work for human rights in 2000. He is a member of the Christian-Muslim Forum of the UK, worked in interfaith dialogue with Shi’a leaders in Iran and has acted as a DfID (UK government Department for International Development) consultant on matters of Faith and Development. His articles for The Huffington Post can be found here.

Religion & Diplomacy

| August 6, 2013
Iraq Christian

The last decade has seen a breakthrough in attitudes to the importance of religion in diplomacy.  The German government is clear that religion must be a central element of the Federal Republic’s foreign policy.  Both the United States and Canada now have active offices for religious freedom. The British Foreign Office has a dedicated staffer for the topic in its human rights department.  Last week the Council of European Union Foreign Ministers made a commitment to monitor religious freedom through their diplomatic missions. More …