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.
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.
Blog: Are Colombians Ready for Peace?
Blog: Back from the Brink
SEAL raids in Somalia, the Westgate Mall siege in Nairobi, church burnings in Egypt. From the Benghazi attacks to the murder of Sikhs in a Wisconsin temple, what modern issue affects the global family of humanity more than the rise of violent extremism and the roots and outlets of its ideologies? Read more here.
Monthly Update - October 9, 2013
Plowing New Ground in Colombia: As the government of Colombia and the FARC guerrilla forces move closer to a negotiated settlement, ICRD is making important strides in its effort to promote a stable reintegration of former combatants into civil society. Read the full update.