International Center for Religion & Diplomacy

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The International Center for Religion & Diplomacy is a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC.[1] Its mission statement reads: "The mission of ICRD is to address identity-based conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion as part of the solution."

The intellectual and spiritual basis for ICRD's unconventional approach to conflict resolution can be found in Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft, Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik (Oxford University Press, 1994 and 2003), and Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement. These books 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.

Current projects include, Sudan, Kashmir, Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan.

Officers include:

  • President: Douglas Johnston
  • Senior Vice President: Brian Cox
  • Vice President, Islamic Programs: Abubaker al-Shingieti
  • Treasurer: Karen Roberts
  • Counsel/Corporate Secretary: John Byington


  1. ^ Marshall, Katherine; Marisa Bronwyn Van Saanen (2007). Development and faith: where mind, heart, and soul work together. World Bank Publications. pp. 129–138. ISBN 978-0-8213-7173-2.

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