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.
Monthly Update - October 2014
Read our latest monthly update on the role of religious leaders in responding to ISIL and the upcoming Georgetown University event celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft.
Madrasa Reform in Pakistan
Dr. Douglas Johnston makes a presentation at a conference on education reform in Pakistan hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The Citizens Foundation. Read the transcript of his presentation here.
Dr. Douglas Johnston Comments on ISIL
Dr. Douglas Johnston discusses faith-based diplomacy, his book Religion, Terror, and Error, and global responses to ISIL with John Morehead from the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy. Listen to the full interview here.
Monthly Update - September 2014
Read our latest monthly update on educational reform in Saudi Arabia and the upcoming Georgetown University event celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft.
ICRD cited at UNESCO
Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, Director of the Committee for Historical Research in Islam and Judaism, recently cited ICRD’s work in his Religious Diplomacy speech at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization conference in Paris. In the opening of his talk (third paragraph), he discusses how ICRD set the standard for religious diplomacy through our leadership role in Christian and Muslim cooperation in Sudan, the release of Korean captives by the Taliban and high-level dialogue between the U.S. and Iran. Read the speech here.