Chris Seiple is Principal Advisor for Templeton Religion Trust’s Covenantal Pluralism Initiative, and Senior Fellow for Comparative Religion at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He is widely known and sought after for his decades of experience and expertise regarding issues at the intersection of geopolitics, US foreign policy, Asia, conflict resolution, human rights, and religion. He has pioneered innovative solutions in the U.S. Marine Corps, at the U.S. State Department, and as the President – now President Emeritus – of the Institute for Global Engagement.
Dr. Seiple earned his Ph.D. in International Relations at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also has an M.A. in National Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. He is the recipient of the 2019 Religious Freedom Award from the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and the 2019 International Award from the International Religious Liberty Association. Dr. Seiple’s 1996 book, The U.S. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions, is a seminal work in the field, and he is the 2003 founder of the The Review of Faith & International Affairs. He is also co-author of International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations, Law, and NGOs, co-editor of The Routledge Handbook on Religion & Security, and co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook on Religious Literacy and Global Engagement.