The Mission of ICRD
Bridging Religious Considerations with the Practice of International Politics in Support of Peacemaking.
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.
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ICRD Update: Choose a Faith Hero
This month, ICRD is soliciting nominations for our annual Faith-in-Action Award. The Faith-in-Action Award ceremony and celebratory dinner is a long-standing tradition during which ICRD recognizes a prominent individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership in advancing spiritual reconciliation in the course of his or her life’s work. Read our latest update to learn more about nominating an awardee by the December 15, 2017 deadline.
ICRD Update: Stories of Sectarian Harmony
This September, ICRD would like to highlight the progress of our work in Pakistan. Our latest update details the work of ICRD and our local partners in convening top religious scholars and civil society activists to identify the theological doctrines and historical narratives that call for harmony and respect across sects. Through these efforts, advocates have directly engaged thousands in their local communities and spread their message through media channels that reach hundreds of thousands more.
ICRD Update: A Radical View of Yemen
This August, ICRD released a study on violent extremism in Yemen – Addressing Jihadi-Salafism in Yemen: The Role of Religion and Community in the Midst of Civil War. Our latest update details the report’s findings and analysis from direct engagement with conservative Sunni religious actors on strategies to arrest the influence of al-Qaeda and ISIS affiliates in Yemen.
This is the third Yemen report released by ICRD and represents one piece of a much larger research project to assess how conservative religious actors can be constructively engaged in CVE.
ICRD Testifies on the Hill
In July 2017, ICRD’s President Emeritus, Dr. Douglas Johnston, testified on the Hill about Saudi Arabia’s public education curriculum. During the hearing, Dr. Johnston described the findings of our landmark 2012 evaluation of the Saudi religious and social science curriculum, including modest improvements and content requiring additional reform. Click here to view the live recording of the testimony, and here for a fuller description and context.