Joseph BarnesProfessor LockremCULF 3331. 1015 December 2016Co-Curricular EssayAlrighty so I’d like to address a very interesting event I attended back on Tuesday November 1st, a keynote about the topic of: Perspectives on Policy/Security Collaboration with Religious Actors in Managing Global Security Challenges. I apologize for the lateness on this submission as I wrote it all up in my journal but simply have not had the time to turn it into a well-organized essay response. The speaker for the event was Dr. Andrew S. Natsios, Director, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and Executive Professor, George H. W. Bush School of Government, Texas A&M University. The event lasted a little over an hour. Dr. Natsios’ main point was that we need to find a means to speak about conflict. He presented six approaches that he learned are most effective when trying to resolve conflict with religious leaders. The first thing to remember is when engaging with religious leaders, understand the religious backgrounds that they come from. Dr. Natsios said that it is not enough to understand the overall religion that they believe in, but it is important to understand the smaller divisions within it. It is much more complex to understand a tradition within a tradition. If you have this type of understanding, you will have a much better understanding of the person that you are in conflict with.