The Mission of ICRD
To prevent and resolve identity-based conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion as part of the solution.
Many ethnic, tribal and religious conflicts do not lend themselves to government-to-government intervention. To complement those efforts, ICRD employs its unique capabilities in the areas where it can have a value-added impact by:
1) decreasing religion’s role as a driver of conflict;
2) increasing the role of religious clergy and laity in peacemaking;
3) increasing the capacity of religious peacemakers;
4) increasing policy-makers’ awareness of and receptivity to the potential contributions of religious peacemakers.
Regardless of one’s spiritual persuasion, there are two compelling reasons why the Center’s work is important. First, the need for more effective preventive measures to minimize the occasions in which we are forced to send our sons and daughters in harm’s way. Second, the need for a stable global environment to support the kind of economic growth that can benefit an expanding percentage of the world’s population. By linking religious reconciliation with official or unofficial diplomacy, ICRD has created a new synergy for peacemaking that serves both of these needs.
Hold Islam to account for extremism, but not in contempt
Over the past week, Dr. Douglas Johnston addressed World Affairs Councils in Anchorage and Juneau, Alaska, and Seattle, WA on the challenges of religious extremism and what ICRD is doing to address them.
In conjunction with his trip, Dr. Johnston published a piece for the Alaska Dispatch News:
“It is often easy to lose the forest in the midst of falling trees, but our chances for not doing so will greatly improve if we can rise above our visceral reactions to individual acts of terrorism and consider the larger whole — and how that whole can be enhanced with a more sophisticated understanding of other cultures, including how religion informs their world views and socio-political aspirations.” Read the full article here.
Monthly Update - January 2015
Check out our latest monthly update, which discusses the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the dangers of condemning an entire religion based on the terrible actions of a few individuals. Read the full update here. You can view all our updates here, including December’s update on the tragedy in Peshawar, Pakistan and November’s update on Brigham Young University’s conference on religion and diplomacy’s role in international affairs.
Crowd Sourcing for Peace in Yemen
ICRD is excited to present our first foray into crowd sourcing. Please join in supporting us in the Global Giving Challenge. 100% of your donation will go to supporting ICRD’s new programming in Yemen where we are empowering faith-based peacebuilders to prevent the spread of violent extremism in their communities. If you donate in December you will help secure ICRD a permanent spot on the Global Giving website. Click here to donate and hear more about our program!
A Twentieth Anniversary Reflection
Click here to watch the full video of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center event commemorating the impact of Dr. Douglas Johnston’s book Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft after twenty years. Berkley Center research fellow Eric Patterson moderated the discussion with Dr. Johnston.
Lessons Learned from the Interfaith Leadership Network
In ICRD’s latest blog piece, Nicole Magney explores how the lessons of the Interfaith Leadership Network (ILN), initiated earlier this year by ICRD, apply to improving the treatment of religious minorities, both at home in the United States and abroad. Read the new blog here.