Rising structural pressures are leading to increased social and political stress across the world. Civil society is under strain. This is happening in countries classified as both “free” and “not free” by Freedom House. Populations are di­viding and polarizing along group-based identity lines. Through analysis of ma­jor indices, including the Fragile States Index, and an exploration of case stud­ies in three different regions – Eastern South America, the Indian subcontinent, and the Horn of Africa – this report investigates how to build resilience at the intersection of media and religion in these increasingly polarized regions.

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