IIRF-V Research Fellows are actively involved in researching on these and other projects.
Founded as a settler society that balanced the interests of Protestant and Roman Catholics, Canada's approach to religious freedom has evolved to respond to a wide variety of religious traditions. IIRF-V research fellows study the legal, politics, and diplomatic aspects of religious freedom in Canada.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Religious freedom was an idea so foundational to the American Revolutionary War that it was included in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
The world's most populous country and a rising world power, China is an important focus in the fields of economics, politics, and diplomacy. Positioned on the Pacific Rim of North America, IIRF-V takes a special interest in issues of religious freedom in the largest state in Asia.
India is the world's largest democracy and home to a wide variety of religious traditions. The rise of religious nationalism over the past three decades has complicated the place of religion in Indian democracy. IIRF-V engages in research to promote religious freedom for all faiths in India.
Egypt is the most populous state in the Middle East and home to the region's largest Christian minority. IIRF-V fellows engage in research into the status of religious freedoms for all groups in the state of Egypt.
Iraq is a nation that is facing many difficulties. It is facing a fiscal crisis due in part to volatility in the oil market, national insecurity, and government corruption. Although Iraq is a modern state founded in the 20th century, it is the heir of ancient empires, located on the territory of Biblical Babylonia an Assyria.