Effie Fokas was invited to be one of 20 scholars selected to take part in a 4-year interdisciplinary project on the relationship between human rights and Orthodox Christianity, based at the Fordham University Orthodox Christian Studies Center in New York. The project aims, through a series of publications, to provide nuanced analysis and promote a more sophisticated discourse about the Eastern Christian traditions in relation to Western democratic values by contextualizing the competing roles Orthodox communities are playing in shaping geopolitical relationships, especially between “East” and “West.”