Reverend Dr. Nicolas André Kazarian

Priest, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of France

Reverend Dr. Nicolas André Kazarian is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of France (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and a visiting fellow of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University in New York. He is also a research associate at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs in Paris where he heads the Observatory on Geopolitics and Religions. He teaches at the Saint-Serge Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris, as well as at the Catholic University in Paris where he has been involved for years in an interreligious program dealing with interculturality, secularism and politics. He holds a PhD in political geography from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His dissertation is entitled ‘Cyprus, geopolitics and minorities,’ and explores issues related to geopolitical crossroads. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Saint-Serge Orthodox Theological Institute and a master’s from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He has published numerous articles on religion and politics. His work articulates faith and culture and is guided by a phrase that belongs to Claude Levi-Strauss, “Civilisation implies, and indeed consists in, the coexistence of cultures exhibiting the maximum possible diversities.”

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