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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.

New Developments

ICRD September 2016 Update - A Note of Thanks

At our annual dinner this May, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough had some nice things to say about ICRD. To read the excerpt of his speech and to find out more about the top auction prize at the event, the Thomas Friedman Lunch, please read our latest Update here.

Excerpt from “Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism: Countering the Radical Mindset”

Please read this excerpt from Frances Flannery’s “Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism: Countering the Radical
Mindset”, highlighting ICRD’s work as a leading NGO in countering violent religious extremism.

The Nutcracker Suite-August 2016

Please check out our latest update which details ICRD’s continuing work in Yemen and Pakistan. (Read the full update here).

Countering Religious Extremism One Step at a Time-August 2016

Please read our latest update which highlights the Saudi Minister of Education’s recent visit to ICRD, as well as the continued accomplishments of Faith-in-Action Awardee Imam Mohamed Magid. (Read full update)

Also, please check out the full transcripts of White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (link)  and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s (link) speeches at our 2016 Faith-in-Action Award Dinner.


A Fractured South: Addressing Separatism and Other Challenges Amidst Yemen’s Political Tumult- White Paper

ICRD and PartnersGlobal, with its affiliate center Partners Yemen, recently completed a field study on Southern Yemeni attitudes toward the previous National Dialogue Conference, separatism and other current Southern concerns, and their vision for Yemen’s future political transition. (Read the full White Paper)

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