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Recent ICRD Videos:

This is ICRD – Get to Know our Work and Mission 

2017 Faith-in-Action-Award Dinner 

ICRD in the News

ICRD and the Hollywood on the Potomac

May 2017 

ICRD’s 2017 Faith-in-Action Award Dinner was recently featured in Hollywood on the Potomac website. As noted in the article, the dinner gathered an eclectic mix of religious leaders, businessmen and women, ambassadors and believers to the Army Navy Country Club to honor Dr. Madeleine Albright for her pioneering work in the field of religion and world affairs. Over 200 people attended to hear her – and hear special guest speaker, Dr. Bob Roberts, senior pastor at Northwood Church, Dallas.

ICRD Interviewed by an Israeli TV Channel

September 2016

Recently, ICRD was interviewed by i24news, an international Israeli TV channel that currently reaches more than 70 million households in Europe and the United States (and much of Africa as well). The focus of the interview, which you can watch by linking here, was our Center’s work on educational reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Please click on “Mideast Focus 09/15/2016” and give it a couple minutes to load.

Washington Life Features ICRD’s 2015 Faith-in-Action Award Dinner

June 2015

Washington Life Magazine’s Around Town author Donna Shor highlights ICRD’s work and awardee Sally Quinn’s remarks at the 2015 Faith-in-Action award dinner. Quinn spoke about her early journalistic career and her personal faith journey over the years.

ICRD in the Dallas Morning News

December 2, 2013

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’. 

ICRD on WKCT News/Talk 93

July 5, 2013
Listen to ICRD President Doug Johnston discuss the importance of faith-based diplomacy on WKCT News/Talk 93.

Taking Religious Engagement in Foreign Policy Seriously

June 7, 2013

Brookings on the importance of religious engagement in foreign policy.

Afghanistan–Fixing the Problem at its Roots

May 3, 2012
ICRD was mentioned in the Euphrates Institute’s weekly bulletin.

How One Organization is Transforming Pakistani Madrasas

Religion a crucial tool in U.S. foreign policy

August 10, 2011

Article by Douglas Johnston published on the Washington Post’s On Faith blog.

Alarm Bells for Bosnia from US Institute of Peace

May 16, 2011
Bob Webb mentions Religion, Terror, and Error: US Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement in his recent article about Bosnia.

Recommended: Johnstons’ New Book on Religion and Foreign Policy

Krista Tippett of NPR recommends Dr. Johnston’s new book Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement on her blog “On Being.”

Doug Noll Show

March 11, 2011
The work of ICRD and its latest book, Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement was featured in an hour-long radio interview that also went out over the internet.

Anathematizing the Assassin

Wyoming’s online news source, reporting on the recent death of Govenor Taseer in Pakistan and how it affects the moderates in the region as well as the United States. This article highlights the individuals and organizations, such as the ICRD, who are using their efforts to anathematize the extremists and strict religious system.

Faith-Based Diplomacy in Action

A recent blog-post by Greg Stone applauds the ICRD’s use of faith-based diplomacy to bring greater understanding between Americans and Pakistani Muslims.

Nevada Views: Mosque controversy presents an opportunity

Gard Jameson of The Las Vegas Review Journal cites ICRD’s work and Dr. Johnston’s book, “Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft,” in an article that supports the “understanding and appreciation” of Islam.

Interfaith Leader: Diplomacy Benefits from Understanding

The Salt Lake Tribune highlights Dr. Johnston’s keynote speech at a gathering of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN).

Fixing Pakistan’s madrasas

Pakistan’s madrasas have a bad reputation. But is it justified, and will a new programme of reform improve standards?

Ambassador Killion Hosts a Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Douglas Johnston

ICRD President, Dr. Douglas Johnston present the Center’s Pakistan Madrasa Project to UNESCO ambassadors.

Conspiracy or cure? An Islamic perspective on interfaith dialogue

Religion Linked to Development

The USAID news publication, Frontlines, introduces its recently launched “toolkit” for promoting peace by engaging religious actors, and notes the success that ICRD has already achieved through these means.

Addressing the “God-gap” in U.S. Foreign Policy

Partnership for a Secure America’s Brian Vogt discusses the need for the U.S. to better engage religious communities globally, using ICRD’s work with Pakistani madrasas as a practical example.

Faith-based Diplomacy

December 1, 2009
In an address to Eton College, Dr. Andrew Thomas Kania notes the “ground-breaking” nature of Dr. Johnston’s published works.

Obama’s Smart Power Surge Option

Following ICRD’s 10th anniversary dinner, Brookings fellow, David Caprara, recaps General Zinni’s call to advance smart power.

Talking About Religion May Solve World’s Big Problems

After a recent lecture at Brigham Young University by ICRD President, Dr. Douglas Johnston, Deseret News published an article outlining the Center’s mission and the rationale behind it.

Generation Islam

Christiane Amanpour covers ICRD’s work with madrasas in the Generation Islam documentary for CNN.

Madrasa reform key

ICRD madrasa project highlighted by the Washington Times.

Major Evaluation of Pakistani Madrasa Reform

An evaluation of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy’s Madrasa Reform Project, completed by a team from the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice.

Recent Book Review of Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft

Winter-Spring 2009

Reviewed by Dr. John Brinsfield, U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Historian in The Army Chaplaincy.

“Activist Seeks Madrasa Reform”

November 30, 2008

Coverage in The Washington Times on ICRD’s madrasa enhancement project.

Commander of the Faithful: the Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (1808-1883)

An inspiring new book by ICRD Trustee John Kiser, featured in the Des Moines Register. Purchase a copy.

The Father of Faith-based Diplomacy

September 19, 2008

Christianity Today, a leading evangelical journal, highlights the role of ICRD and its President, Dr. Douglas Johnston, in pioneering faith-based diplomacy. “Muslims will listen more closely to a Christian than to the typical secular Westerner.” Johnston doesn’t evangelize, but as he says, “If you can operate on a faith-based basis, you find that, particularly with Muslims, they really open up.”

Faith Journey Featuring Dr. Doug Johnston

Summer 2008

Buxton Initiative features the faith journey of ICRD President Dr. Douglas Johnston.

ICRD honors Cardinal McCarrick

July 19, 2008

Catholic Standard covers Faith-in-Action dinner honoring Cardinal McCarrick in recognition of his ongoing work in promoting global religious understanding.

A Plea for Faith-based Diplomacy

July 1, 2008

Coverage in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on the impact of ICRD’s faith-based initiatives.

With coaxing, Pakistan’s Islamic schools shed militancy

March 10, 2008

Coverage in The Dallas Morning News on ICRD’s engagement with Pakistani madrasas.

Faith-based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide

February 06, 2008

ICRD President Dr. Johnston’s speech on faith-based diplomacy at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics televised on FORA.TV.

Your Turn: Religion Is Missing from Diplomacy with Muslims”

January 29, 2008

St. Cloud Times

Faith-Based Diplomacy Yields Results

January 20-26, 2008

The National Catholic Register

Faith-based Efforts Promote Reconciliation in Afghanistan

January 9, 2008
Article in The Washington Times: “Briefing: Afghanistan seen ripe for faith healing”.

Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett
January 3, 2008

ICRD President and Founder Dr. Douglas Johnston talking on Diplomacy and Religion in the 21st Century.

Faith-based Diplomacy Can Be Antidote To Extremsim, Says U.S. Expert

November 15, 2007

Catholic News Service

Christian/Muslim Reconciliation

November 01, 2007

Christianity Today reports on ICRD’s Christian-Muslim faith-based reconciliation dialogue in Cyprus.

Young Voices for Peace in Kashmir

July 9, 2007

Three articles higlighting ICRD’s work in Kashmir in The Voices, a bi-weekly international website magazine written by 18-25 year-olds for their peers around the world.

Diplomacy via Religion

May 16, 2007

The Washington Times profiles ICRD President Douglas Johnston on the occasion of his receipt of the Founding Spirit Award for Faith at the newspaper’s 25th Anniversary celebration.

Love Your Muslim as Yourself

April 2007

Article in Christianity Today mentioning ICRD’s work.

After Musharraf

December 16, 2006

Article in National Journal on the future of Pakistani politics and the implications for combating terrorism. The piece concludes by stressing the importance of reaching out to political Islam in Pakistan, noting the positive impact of ICRD’s work with the madrasas.

Religious Freedom Establishes Other Freedoms, Experts Say

October 17, 2006

Article summarizing a U.S. State Department webchat featuring ICRD President Douglas Johnston.

Foreign Policy and Faith

July 4, 2006

The Dallas Morning News

“Religion – ‘The Secret Weapon’ in Resolving Religious Conflict”

February 2005

Faith-based Diplomacy and National Security

September 16, 2003

The National Interest

Expand Faith-based Diplomacy from the Personal to State Level

February 9, 2002

The Kentucky Voices

Sudan: Another Viewpoint

June 26, 2001

The CBN News

Faith Seen as Path to Peace in Troubled Sudan

May 3, 1999

The Washington Times

Ex-Navy Officer Plans to Enlist Religion in World of Diplomacy

April 23, 1999

The Washington Times

Working for Peace: Building Bridges in Tense Kashmir

The News-Press

Dr. Douglas Johnston: Faith Based Diplomacy (audio)

Speech at Washington National Cathedral, March 2003 (video)

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