Violent religious extremism poses a threat to us all. But the violence itself is a tragic symptom of a deeper problem. To defeat extremism, we must understand and address the ideology that drives the violence.
The Institute’s work on promoting co-existence and countering extremism is born out of the work formerly undertaken by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation from 2008 until 2017.
Our thought leadership work has engaged with senior policy makers and reached millions by driving the news agenda. Our projects on the ground have reached over two million people, through education and training in schools, universities, and with religious and community leaders.
Religious leaders from across Nigeria take part in training to support them in identifying and resolving challenges in their communities.
Research and analysis
On the basis of our research, we advise governments and international institutions around the world on policy approaches to countering extremism. Through our Centre on Religion & Geopolitics (CRG) we present informed analysis on the global interaction of religion, geopolitics, and conflict.
Our education programme, Generation Global, works with teachers to enable students to gain the crucial skills of dialogue, critical thinking, and religious literacy. It has reached more than 200,000 students so far, in over 20 countries. We also offer Essentials of Dialogue, a toolkit to help anyone teach the skills of dialogue, as a free resource. On a global advocacy level, we are campaigning to mobilise the international community and governments to agree to a global commitment on educating against extremism.
Promoting co-existence and tackling religious extremism requires the support and initiative of religious leaders. We develop projects to help religious leaders to address extremism within their own spheres of influence, supporting them to identify and resolve challenges in their own communities. We work with religious leaders in Nigeria and Egypt, including those in some of the most conflicted areas, to counter extremist narratives.