ICRD is a Washington-based non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to bridge religious considerations and international politics in support of peacemaking.
The intellectual and spiritual basis for ICRD’s unconventional approach to conflict resolution can be found in (1) Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft; (2) Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik; and (3) Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement. These books collectively explore the positive role that religious or spiritual factors can play in preventing or resolving conflict, while advancing social change based on justice and reconciliation. They also make a strong case for incorporating religious considerations into the practice of international politics and provide a blueprint for doing so.
Also illustrative of ICRD’s strategic approach is “Faith-based Reconciliation”, authored by ICRD Senior Vice President for Faith-based Diplomacy, Reverend Canon Brian Cox. Building on his extensive experience in practicing faith-based reconciliation in some of the world’s most difficult zones of conflict, he outlines the fundamentals of this unique approach to peacebuilding, which capitalize on supporting religious values found in the Abrahamic and non-monotheistic faith traditions.
“The International Center for Religion and Diplomacy is doing important and worthwhile work.”
-Colin Powell, then U.S. Secretary of State
“The work which ICRD has accomplished has been the product of great patience and perseverance.”
-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, then Archbishop of Washington
“I appreciate the Center’s work to resolve one of Sudan’s most difficult issues.”
-Senator John Danforth, then U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
“In Kashmir, none of the ‘old hands’ would have imagined that you could have achieved the measure of reconciliation you have already established.”
-Robert McFarlane, former U.S. National Security Advisor
“I want to thank you and the Center for all you continue to do for peace.”
-George Carey, then Archbishop of Canterbury
“Your work gives us hope that not only are there people on all sides of these conflicts who are willing to work together for peace, but also that religion can be part of the solution.”
-John V. Hanford, U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom