The Religion Factor: Why Policy in South Asia Can’t Ignore Faith

8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., May 15, 2019
Location: 1400 16th St NW, Washington, DC 


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Join the Notre Dame South Asia Group for two panel discussions exploring religion, public policy, and development—at a critical time when the Rohingya refugee crisis destabilizes Myanmar and Bangladesh, and the ongoing elections in India highlight the rise of Hindu nationalism in the world’s largest democracy.


8:30-9:00 a.m.
Registration and Refreshments

9:00–10:00 a.m.
The Rohingya Crisis: Integrating Religion with Policy
Madhav Joshi, Kathleena Mumford, Rahul Oka, Mahbub Hassan Saleh

10:30–11:30 a.m.
The Role of Religion in South Asian Elections: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal
Devesh Kapur, Farzana Shaikh, Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Susan Ostermann


This event is presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and its Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies, and Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

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Madhav Joshi

Associate Professor, Peace Accords Matrix, University of Notre Dame

Kathleena Mumford

Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, US Department of State

Rahul Oka

Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Mahbub Hassan Saleh

Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Bangladesh

Devesh Kapur

Director of Asia Programs, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Farzana Shaikh

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

Susan Ostermann

Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame