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.
New Blog Piece: An Alternative to Violence
Click here to read our newest blog post, authored by intern Graham Conlon. In the piece, Conlon explores the difficulty and importance of creating and disseminating counter narratives to help stem the flow of foreign fighters joining extremist groups like ISIS. Within this discussion, the piece surveys some of the counter narrative strategies in use by the U.S. government and civil society leaders both here and abroad.
New Blog Piece: Signs of Hope in Syria
In ICRD’s latest blog, intern Nicole Patierno comments on the encouraging partnerships occurring across the Al-Hassake region of Syria and how they relate to ICRD’s work in the region. Click here to read more!
Come Celebrate with Us
Don’t forget to register for our upcoming Faith-in-Action Award Dinner! The event will take place on Friday, May 15, beginning at 6:30pm. Click here to purchase seats or a table at the event. You can read more about the event and our honoree, Sally Quinn, in our latest monthly update available here. The update also describes the exciting possibilities open to us through our newly granted Special Consultative Status to UN ECOSOC.
Join Us for Our 2015 Faith-in-Action Award Dinner
On May 15th, 2015, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy will hold it’s 15th annual Faith-in-Action Award Dinner. This year, we are honoring Sally Quinn – founder and author of the Washington Post column “On Faith”. Come join us, meet other dynamic and diverse friends of ICRD, and hear first hand from our field officers about our success in advancing spiritually reconciled relationships between adversaries.
Seating is limited. Click here to make your reservation!
New Blog Post: Building Resilient Communities Abroad
With the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) taking place this week, ICRD’s Andrew McDonnell comments on the effectiveness of the administration’s current CVE strategies, offers suggestions for how these strategies can be improved, and cites the projects ICRD has created to address this issue. In the piece, McDonnel argues “it is imperative that CVE programs reach out to conservative, illiberal, even hostile Muslim populations around the world and identify those among them who are committed to peace or might respond positively to moral suasion by their co-religionists.” Read the full blog piece here.