Religious Freedom Advocate, Author to be featured at Taylor Interfaith Collaboration

Published: Apr 08, 2014

Dr. Chris Seiple

Noted author, speaker and religious freedom advocate Dr. Chris Seiple will be the featured guest for the Religious Freedom and Interfaith Collaboration, which will be held at Taylor University, April 15, at 7:00 p.m., in Ayres Courtroom 215.

The forum is being hosted by Taylor’s Department of Political Science and International Relations with a grant from the Taylor University Women’s Giving Circle.

Seiple is president of the Institute for Global Engagement, a research, education and diplomatic institution whose goal is the building of sustainable religious freedom worldwide through local partnerships. He holds degrees from Stanford, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy. Seiple is also the founder of The Review of Faith & International Affairs, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia), and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London).

His book, The U.S. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions (published by the U.S. Army War College in 1996), is viewed as a seminal work in the field. Additionally, Seiple co-authored International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations, Law, and NGOs (Baylor University Press, 2009), and was co-editor of The Routledge Handbook on Religion & Security (2013).

Seiple is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on its religious advisory committee. He also serves on the Federal Advisory Committee to Secretary of State John Kerry's Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society as a Senior Advisor to the Committee's Religion and Foreign Policy working group.

He is also co-founder and co-chair of the IRF Roundtable, a non-partisan consortium of Washington-area international religious freedom NGOs that meets bi-monthly to discuss how best to promote religious freedom in Washington policy circles and worldwide. Seiple is the Vice-Chair for the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith.

Over the years, Seiple has appeared on BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Saudi TV, Pakistan News One, Vietnam National TV, CN8, and CNN.

“Chris Seiple is a leading advocate for religious freedom around the world and it is a great honor to have him speak at Taylor,” said Dr. Nicholas Kerton-Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Taylor. “He has many impressive achievements but perhaps what stands out most about Dr. Seiple is his ability to thoughtfully articulate an evangelical position and at the same time foster deep inter-faith dialogue and collaboration in securing freedom of religion for all faiths and none.”


The event is open to the public.