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.
Blog: 'Return to Homs'
The brave documentary film Return to Homs gives us an intimate inside view of the war in Syria. Read more at the ICRD Blog.
Shop Amazon.com with ICRD
Shop at Amazon.com and a donation will go to ICRD! Just click here, sign in, shop, check out and pay as usual. Amazon will donate a portion of your total purchase to support our work. Read more about how it works by clicking here.
Doug Johnston Discusses the Impact of Religious Intolerance on Human Freedom
Doug Johnston spoke with Bill McKenzie of the George W. Bush Institute about the challenge that religious intolerance poses to the advancement of human freedom. Click here to read the interview: “Religious Intolerance’s Impact on Human Freedom: Q & A with Douglas Johnston”.
Doug Johnston Discusses Iran in Sojourners Series
Doug Johnston contributed to the Sojourners series entitled “Iran Nuclear Agreement: What Does it Mean?” with insights you won’t hear in the mainstream media. Click here to read his piece: ”Fatwas, Philosophers and Peace Games”.
ICRD in The Dallas Morning News
Editorial columnist Bill McKenzie reflects on Dr. Johnston’s recent talk at the World Affairs Council in Dallas. He reiterates the ICRD mantra: to understand the most pressing issues and headlines — Iran, Syria, and Afghanistan — we have to understand religious factors and ‘the ideas behind the guns’. Click here to read the full article.