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.
ICRD January Update: Fear in the Market Place
Islamophobia is again on the rise in the United States. In our latest update, Dr. Johnston, the President of ICRD, outlines several reasons why such a trend is both unfair for law-abiding Muslim citizens, but also self-defeating in terms of American security concerns. Read the full update here.
ICRD December 2016 Update: Thanks for a Good Year
As the year winds to a close, it is time to thank our supporters once again for their encouragement and support, and to look back at the past year. ICRD accomplished a lot in 2016; please read our December Update to learn more about our work and successes.
ICRD November 2016 Update: Thanks#Giving Tuesday
As Thanksgiving Day draws close, we at ICRD find much to be thankful for in the midst of various global challenges.
Our Center is also very excited to be participating in this year’s #Giving Tuesday campaign. To learn more about this movement and how to contribute to our mission, check out our latest update.
ICRD October 2016 Update - Expanding Our Global Reach
Please check out our latest update, which showcases the long-term impacts ICRD’s programs are having in Yemen, as well as the media attention the Center has gained in the past few months.
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.