Visiting Scholars: Between Religious Patriarchy and Secular Feminism: Women of Faith and the Practice of Peacebuilding

Dr. Susan Hayward, Senior Advisor on Religion and Inclusive Societies at United States Institute of Peace, spoke on how modern international relations theory and its correlative system of laws, organizations, and diplomatic efforts have long been accused of insufficient attention to the religious dimensions of national and international politics and decision-making. This gap in understanding has had significant repercussions, leading to failures on behalf of the international community, particularly the West, to anticipate and respond to religiously-inspired revolutionary or violent movements, to partner effectively with faithbased actors and organizations, or to bring into conversation the normative aspects of the international system, including human rights law, with religious and cultural frames. Read more here.