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The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) leads several ongoing research initiatives, each examining one or more aspects of the meaning, value, and impact of religious freedom. While RFI’s research contributes to relevant scholarship in a variety of fields, its core purpose is to support RFI’s efforts to make religious freedom a priority for governments, civil society, religious communities, businesses, and the general public in select areas of focus.


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FORIS Project

The Freedom of Religious Institutions in Society (FORIS) Project is a pathbreaking, multi-country initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation to examine the meaning and impact of institutional religious freedom and promote its findings among policymakers, scholars, and journalists around the world.


Under caesar’s sword

Under Caesar's Sword (UCS) is a collaborative global research project that investigates how Christian communities respond when their religious freedom is severely violated. A team of the world’s leading scholars of Christianity in their respective regions traveled to study Christian communities in over 30 countries including China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, and India.

UCS is a partnership of the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and RFI.


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cornerstone forum

The Cornerstone Forum features expert commentary on religious freedom and its social implications. Cornerstone articles address a broad range of practical and theoretical issues pertinent to religious freedom in the United States and around the world.


RELIGIOUS FREEDOM INSTITUTE Research Reports

RFI’s Action Teams publish in-depth reports on the status of religious freedom in their respective geographic regions or issue areas. These reports support each Action Team’s broader efforts to strengthen the social, political, and religious underpinnings of religious freedom in their areas.


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Georgetown University

RFI emerged out of the work of Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project (RFP), a program of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. RFP was the nation's only university-based program devoted exclusively to the analysis of religious freedom.