Chris Seiple, president of the Institute for Global Engagement, offers an annotated book list of some of the best recent scholarship on the relationship between religion and American foreign policy. He writes:
Academic and policy discussions of international issues generally ignore religion or, at most, treat it as part of some other problem to be solved. But despite the conventional expectations of inexorable secularization, according to the World Values Survey, religion remains an influential aspect of public life, not only in the United States but around the world. To be relevant, therefore, U.S. foreign policy must acknowledge the place religion occupies in global politics and engage in candid conversations that include both secular and religious voices. The books here provide the basis for beginning such discussions.
Read the list at Foreign Affairs.