The following is an abridged version of a paper Mark Edwards presented on the panel, “Finding Religion in American Foreign Policy” at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). The panel chair was Michaela Hoenicke Moore, and included Caitlin Carenen and Gene Zubovich, in addition to Edwards. It is unfinished thinking about a work-in-progress, tentatively entitled God in the Think Tank: Faith and Foreign Affairs in the American Century. Of course, Edwards welcome all comments, corrections, and criticisms. If you haven’t done so already, check out Dan Hummel’s summary at RIAH next Wednesday June 25 of one the many power panels at SHAFR this year: A Roundtable on Religion and American Foreign Relations featuring Leo Ribuffo,William Inboden, Molly Worthen, Emily Conroy-Krutz, Ed Blum, and S-USIH’s own Cara Burnidge.
(This is a slightly edited version: I have added William Inboden to the roundtable and the date of Dan Hummel’s report)