Responding to the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East & Central Asia
On April 21st, Professor Kathleen Collins made a research presentation at the U.S. Department of State. Professor Collins was invited to speak by the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the event included staff from the Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs and the Office of International Religious Freedom. Professor Collins spoke about the causes and dynamics of the decline of religious freedom in Central Asia, especially in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Tyler Hubler, an alum of the U of M honors program and political science department has interned at DRL He attended and helped organized Professor Collins’ visit.
Professor Collins was also in Washington D.C. for an event at the National Press Club on April 20-21, 2017, a part of the project "Under Caesar’s Sword" (UCS), organized by scholars at the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown. Professor Collins is one of the researchers on the project. At the D.C. conference, Professor Collins moderated and spoke on a panel that focused on the Middle East and Central Asia. Professor Collins addressed the varied forms of state and non-state actors' repression of Christians in these regions, and particular challenges for Christian communities in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. She has contributed a chapter to the project’s book (edited by Daniel Philpott and Timothy Shah), forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. About a year ago, she presented her findings at a conference in Rome as well. Watch the video of the panel Professor Collins moderated here.
The UCS project is a three-year, collaborative global research project that investigates how Christian communities respond when their religious freedom is severely violated. The Templeton Religion Trust awarded a grant of $1.1 million to the University of Notre Dame and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University to carry out the research.
For more information click ahead to the Under Caesar's Sword website.