International Center for Religion & Diplomacy

The mission of ICRD is to prevent and resolve ethnic, tribal and other identity-based conflicts that typically exceed the grasp of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religious considerations into the solution. ICRD's success to date has generally been a function of: 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 contribution of religious peacemakers. More generally ICRD works to minimize the occasions in which we are forced to send our sons and daughters into harm's ...

International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
1003 K Street Nw, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001
United States
202-331-9404
http://www.icrd.org
 BRIDGE Number: 4908905985

President/CEO

Dr. Douglas Johnston

Management Team

Douglas Johnston, James Patton, Brian Cox, Jennifer Crumpton, Karen Roberts

Board of Directors

Harold Jacobi, James Stanley, David Allen, Deborah Fikes, Douglas Johnston, John Kiser, Shaista Mahmood, Tom McDevitt, Bob McEwen, Edwin Meese, Mohammed Mohanna, Robert J Murray, Susan Pausky, Richard Poirier, Joe Reeder, Frank Roby, Gerald Sandler, John Sandoz, Richard Schubert, Jim Slattery, Bill Thomas, David Vander Mey

Project Leaders

Michael Braeuninger
James Patton

Mission

The mission of ICRD is to prevent and resolve ethnic, tribal and other identity-based conflicts that typically exceed the grasp of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religious considerations into the solution. ICRD's success to date has generally been a function of: 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 contribution of religious peacemakers. More generally ICRD works to minimize the occasions in which we are forced to send our sons and daughters into harm's way and to foster 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.

Programs

Madrasa Reform in Pakistan: ICRD- in partnership with the Pakistan-based Peace and Education Foundation (PEF)- provides university accreditation for madrasa faculty who for the first time are being provided opportunities to enroll in higher education courses and to bring that new scholarship to the outdated madrasa environment. These teachers have also begun to integrate their new knowledge by providing madrasa students with far-greater opportunities to ask questions, emphasizing the need for greater tolerance about other faiths, and requesting more professional training to continue enhancing their skills. Educational Reform in Saudi Arabia: ICRD is working with the Saudi Ministry of Education to remove discriminatory content from Saudi textbooks, and to advance further reform through meetings of Saudi and American educational scholars and experts that focus on best practices for addressing problems of bias and intolerance in national education systems. Faith Based Reconciliation in Syria: ICRD works in Syria to promote reconciliation among diverse Syrian opposition, ethnic, and religious groups, particularly Kurdish and Syriac Christian communities in the volatile Al-Hassake region. As a result of this initiative, ICRD facilitated a social contract between the Kurds, Syriac Christians, and Arab Bedouin tribal leaders that will enable them to live in peace once the fighting subsides. Reintegration in Colombia: ICRD works with leaders from Christian and indigenous faith based organizations, along with civil society and government institutions in Colombia to reintegrate former combatants back into their communities and facilitate processes of community reconciliation, thus playing a crucial role in bringing the western hemisphere's longest running conflict to an end. Policy Forums in the United States: ICRD serves on the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group, jointly sponsored by the White House and the State Department to inform U.S. foreign policy with insights from relevant religious leaders and institutions. The establishment of the new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives at the State Department two years ago stemmed in large measure from the recommendations of this Working Group.

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