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.
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.
Blog: From the Valley to the Summit - Coca and Cauca
Read our latest blog by James Patton on the progress of our peace and reconciliation work in Colombia, and the effect of the recent drug trafficking agreement and ceasefire.
The case for faith-based diplomacy with Iran
Al-Monitor.com quotes Dr. Douglas Johnston and the work of ICRD in making the case for faith-based diplomacy in US-Iran relations. Read the article here.
Blog: 'Return to Homs'
The brave documentary film Return to Homs gives us an intimate inside view of the war in Syria. Read more at the ICRD Blog.
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