Chris Seiple

Senior Research Fellow - IPI Religion Initiative
Chris Seiple


Chris Seiple has more than twenty-five years of experience in casting a shared vision and then building sufficient consensus for a strategy that can be implemented among multiple government and nongovernment stakeholders. He is the president emeritus of the Institute for Global Engagement, a think- and do-tank operating at the intersection of religion, realpolitik, and reconciliation. Dr. Seiple’s relational diplomacy implements innovative ideas amidst disparate politics, cultures, and theologies. He has worked in Northern/Eastern Africa, the Middle East, Central/South Asia, and China and Southeast Asia. Dr. Seiple is chief executive officer of the Sagestone Group, which advises on strategy and training. He is a senior fellow at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, where he teaches cross-cultural religious literacy. Dr. Seiple tweets regularly via @CSeiple.

A former Marine infantry officer (1990-99), Dr. Seiple has also served as an advisor to the U.S. secretary of state, co-chairing the secretary’s religion and foreign policy working group, whose recommendations led to the creation of the Office of Religion and Global Affairs. He is the former chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Role of Faith (2014-2015). Dr. Seiple is an inaugural member of the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant’s Strategic Initiatives Group, where he helped develop/implement the Chemical-Biological Incident Response Force in 1996; he was also seconded to the 1997 National Defense Panel, whose final report he helped draft.

Dr. Seiple’s book, The U.S. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions (1996), is a seminal work in the field. He is the 2003 founder of the Routledge-published journal The Review of Faith & International Affairs, and he is the coeditor of The Routledge Handbook on Religion and Security (2013).

Dr. Seiple has a BA in international relations from Stanford University, an MA in national security from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a PhD from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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