Mission & History
Mission & History of The Review of Faith & International Affairs
The Review of Faith & International Affairs is the quarterly journal of the Institute for Global Engagement's Center on Faith & International Affairs (CFIA). RFIA is a not-for-profit publication, and the Institute for Global Engagement is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
In 2002 the founders of CFIA perceived a need for:
• Thoughtful and timely analysis of the promise and peril of religion in global affairs
• A forum that encourages constructively critical dialogue in an emergent field, such that it better anticipates and prepares for the future
• A periodical that is scholarly but interested not just in providing an outlet to social science "about" religion but also to faith-based perspectives themselves
• An ongoing resource for educators to equip the next generation of global leaders
• A source of information and commentary about complex, sensitive issues that is not beholden to any partisan, professional, or institutional interest
In response, CFIA launched The Review of Faith & International Affairs in the spring of 2003. It is the only journal focusing on the premier issue of our times—the relation of religion to international relations. This lively journal of scholarship, analysis, and policy debate is now published and distributed for CFIA by Routledge, a Taylor & Francis imprint. Routledge is the top publisher in International Relations with more journals included in the Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) category than any other publisher. Routledge also has the largest market share of articles in the 2009 JCR International Relations category.
Our publication partnership with Routledge/Taylor & Francis began with Volume 8, Number 1 (Spring 2010), and its content is now available on informaworld, the Taylor & Francis content platform.
Mission & History of the Center on Faith & International Affairs
The Institute for Global Engagement's research and publication programs are conducted under the auspices of the Center on Faith & International Affairs (CFIA). CFIA was founded in the months following 9/11, during which IGE twice convened the "Noah Group," named for what IGE calls the "Noah Principle": Anyone can predict rain, but not everyone can build an ark. The Noah Group was a small group of young professionals in international affairs who came together to discuss how faith leaders and experts on religion could provide practical intellectual leadership for this new era where religion was necessarily a key factor. These young leaders recognized that there was often misunderstanding among and between professionals in the fields of religion and international relations, and that as such there was a need for new programs that would build bridges and catalyze innovative collaboration among scholars and practitioners.
The Center on Faith & International Affairs was established to equip members of the international affairs community with a balanced understanding of the role of religion in public life worldwide. It does this by studying the impact of faith on state and society, providing rigorous analysis and thoughtful commentary through its events and publications.
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