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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.

New Developments

A Twentieth Anniversary Reflection

Click here to watch the full video of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center event commemorating the impact of Dr. Douglas Johnston’s book Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft after twenty years. Berkley Center research fellow Eric Patterson moderated the discussion with Dr. Johnston.

Lessons Learned from the Interfaith Leadership Network

In ICRD’s latest blog piece, Nicole Magney explores how the lessons of the Interfaith Leadership Network (ILN), initiated earlier this year by ICRD, apply to improving the treatment of religious minorities, both at home in the United States and abroad. Read the new blog here.

James Patton Comments on Religion in Conflict Dynamics

ICRD’s James Patton and University of Utah’s Professor Amos Guiora discuss religion in peace and conflict, ICRD’s approach to engaging religious actors, and the current situation regarding ISIL with Jennifer Napier-Pearce at the Hinckley Institute. Listen to the full discussion here.

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.


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