Join the HCW as we talk with Shaun A. Casey MDV ’83 MPA ’89 THD ’98, the founding director of the US Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, about his new book Chasing the Devil at Foggy Bottom.
This frank and engaging work sees Casey reviewing his work integrating sophisticated, research-driven policy into the State Department under Secretary of State John Kerry. Their new strategy went beyond older paradigms that focused myopically on religious freedom or countering violent extremism. Such reductive approaches, Casey insists, cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars in the US’s ill-fated invasion of Iraq in 2003. Casey recounts his team’s challenges in DC politics as well as in the major global events of his tenure, including climate change, the rise of ISIL, and the refugee crisis.
About the author:
Shaun Casey MDV ’83 MPA ’89 THD ’98 was Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs at the US Department of State and Director of the Office of Religion and Global Affairs from 2013 to 2017. He has taught at Harvard Divinity School and directed Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.