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.
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)
More than 200 Celebrate Special Occasion-June 2016 Update
Please read our latest update detailing ICRD’s 2016 Annual Faith-in-Action Award Dinner. (Read the full update)
Celebrating Bold Leadership and Bold Beginnings-April 2016
Please check out ICRD’s latest update, detailing our recent Women & CVE workshop in Pakistan. (Read the full update)
Countering Violent Religious Extremism in Pakistan- White Paper
Please read ICRD’s latest publication, which explores the role of conservative Muslims in countering violent extremism in Pakistan. (Read the full White Paper)