Chris Seiple

Chris Seiple, Ph.D., is president of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), a research, education, and diplomatic institution that builds sustainable religious freedom worldwide through local partnerships. He is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of State's "Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society," senior adviser to the Dialogue's working group on "Religion & Foreign Policy," and Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith. He is founder of "The Review of Faith & International Affairs" ( and co-editor (with Dennis R. Hoover and Pauletta Otis) of "The Routledge Handbook on Religion and Security." He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and he speaks regularly to government audiences regarding the relationship between religion and realpolitik. A former Marine infantry officer, Dr. Seiple is a graduate of Stanford, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy.

Stories by Chris Seiple

How to Resolve Conflict: A Bible Lesson for Foreign Policy Leaders

The biblical story of Abigail shows how visible vulnerability can create a path toward peace.

Freedom intrinsic to who we are as Americans

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Why — and How — We Need to Talk About Islam and Terrorism Together

The only way to defeat terrorists is to promote a faith that is not threatened by other beliefs.

The other Spain v. Netherlands

Yesterday Spain defeated The Netherlands in the World Cup in South Africa. 362 years ago, it was the other way … Continued

Three moral dimensions to fight in Afghanistan

Q: In the wake of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s dismissal as chief commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, … Continued

Fragile freedom

Today we mark the 60th anniversary of North Korea’s invasion of South Korea. Many of us won’t remember. With good … Continued

The ‘problem’ of proselytism

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Converting the foreign policy elite

By Chris Seiplepresident, Institute for Global Engagement The Chicago Council on Global Affairs report on religion and the making of … Continued