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Ruth Turner

Forward Institute, Programme Director

Ruth served as the founding Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation from 2007 until April 2013. She is a trustee of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, and a Council member of Salford University. Ruth joined the Prime Minister's Office in May 2005 as Director of Government Relations, and worked for Tony Blair until he left government. Prior to that, Ruth spent 13 years as an award-winning social entrepreneur, including as co-founder and chairman of The Big Issue in the North. Amongst other roles, she was an independent non-executive director of the Places for People group; co-founder of research company Vision 21; a board member of environmental charity Sustainability North West Ltd; an Investment Committee member for the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts; and a founding trustee of the United Utilities Trust Fund.

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Foundation Update

Interfaith as the Antidote to Extremism

Last Thursday, I was invited to give a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations on religion, extremism and foreign policy. We discussed the connections between religion, policy, diplomacy, conflict resolution, and the all-important and urgent issues of religion’s place in societies and democracies. Given the recent developments in the Middle East, it is particularly a question for emerging democracies.

24 Jan 2012

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