The Religion Factor: Why Policy in South Asia Can’t Ignore Faith


Location: Keough School Washington Office

India Elections

Join the Notre Dame South Asia Group in Washington, DC, for two panel discussions exploring religion, public policy, and development at a critical time when the Rohingya refugee crisis destabilizes Myanmar and Bangladesh, and the ongoing elections in India highlight the rise of Hindu nationalism in the world’s largest democracy.



8:30-9:00 a.m.
Registration and coffee

9:00–10:00 a.m.
The Rohingya Crisis: Integrating Religion with Policy
Madhav Joshi, University of Notre Dame
Kathleena Mumford, US Department of State
Rahul Oka, University of Notre Dame
Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Embassy of Bangladesh

10:30–11:30 a.m.
The Role of Religion in South Asian Elections: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal
Devesh Kapur, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Farzana Shaikh, Chatham House
Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Embassy of Bangladesh
Susan Ostermann, University of Notre Dame


The South Asia Group formed in 2017 as a coalition of Notre Dame faculty with research interests in South Asia. The group operates under the auspices of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and has become instrumental in guiding the Liu Institute’s growth and focus in this important region.

This event is sponsored by the Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.