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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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