Established in 2007, the Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations offers students and faculty at Princeton University the opportunity to study, reflect, and generate ideas and publications concerning the multiple intersections of religion, diplomacy and international relations. PORDIR aims to explore the influence of religion and religious beliefs in the conduct of international relations, diplomacy and politics; facilitate discussions about religion and international relations in a neutral, non-ideological forum; encourage interdisciplinary, inter-generational, international and inter-religious exchanges among students, scholars and policy practitioners; and promotes research, teaching and publication relating to religion and international relations. A key component of PORDIR is the opportunity for a cohort of undergraduate and graduate students–representing a range of religious, academic and ideological perspectives–to participate as Fellows in Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations. Fellows conduct research projects, participate in weekly lunch seminars, and present their independent research at the annual PORDIR colloquium.
The PORDIR colloquium discussions will be off the record, and participation in the event is by invitation only.