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Ukraine-Russia Conflict: The Religious Dimension

Ukraine-Russia Conflict: The Religious Dimension

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 / Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

In an all day conference at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Ukrainian religious leaders, scholars and others examined the religious aspect of the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on religious freedom in the country. Speakers also delved into the ecclesiastical history of the relationship between the Russian and Ukrainian churches.

Peace Processes; Religion

Faith and Fragile States: Political Stability and Religious Freedom

Faith and Fragile States: Political Stability and Religious Freedom

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 / Time: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Religion influences both peace and conflict worldwide. Violent extremism is often framed in religious terms, and religious discrimination continues to increase as both a driver and symptom of conflict. But, religion drives peace and coexistence as well and religious actors are essential for advancing religious freedom. Efforts to engage religious actors in countering violent extremism (CVE) and interfaith peacebuilding must take this dichotomy into account.

Fragility & Resilience; Religion; Violent Extremism

Mapping the Role of Religion in Fragile States

Mapping the Role of Religion in Fragile States

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 / Time: 9:30am - 11:00am

From Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s influence in the Iraqi elections to the involvement of religious actors in South Sudan’s peace process, the role of religion in conflict zones continues to dominate headlines. Please join field researchers and U.S. Institute of Peace experts on June 26, as they present an approach for mapping the role of religious actors and institutions to better understand their legitimacy and influence in contributing to peace and conflict, exploring findings from three recent mappings from Libya, South Sudan, and Iraq based on work from the field.

Religion; Fragility & Resilience; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Religion and Countering Violent Extremism

Religion and Countering Violent Extremism

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 / Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

For a world in which more than 80 percent of people identify themselves as religious, the role of religious leaders, ideas, and institutions is critical to countering the many strains of violent extremism. On January 17 USIP held a discussion of the latest trends in policy and practice around the intersection of religion and its role in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Violent Extremism; Religion

Youth and Religion: Potential Linchpins for Peace

Youth and Religion: Potential Linchpins for Peace

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 / Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Most of the world’s most violent conflicts occur in countries with burgeoning populations of young people. Often these youth are the most vulnerable to the ravages of war. At the same time, more than 80 percent of people globally identify as religious, and their leaders and representatives often work on the front lines to prevent and reduce violent conflict. Yet both groups too often are excluded from formal peace efforts. On August 1, authors of a new U.S. Institute of Peace Special Report held a webcast conversation on how these two groups are working together and ways they can contribute even more to the cause of peace.

Youth; Religion

Violent Extremism: Setting Priorities for Research

Violent Extremism: Setting Priorities for Research

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 / Time: 5:00am - 8:30am

The near-daily litany of violence perpetrated by violent extremist groups like al-Qaeda, ISIS and Boko Haram illustrates the dearth of understanding about how these militant organizations successfully tap into social discord to advance their campaigns. On Thursday, September 29, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the RESOLVE Network convened researchers from around the world to help set priorities for policy-relevant research to identify effective responses.  

Violent Extremism; Religion; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

The Dalai Lama: To End Violence, Engage Youth

The Dalai Lama: To End Violence, Engage Youth

Date: Monday, June 13, 2016 / Time: 6:00am - 7:15am

His Holiness the Dalai Lama campaigns not only for an end to violent conflict, but for the particular role of youth in achieving it. At a recent two-day dialogue in India with 28 youth peacebuilders convened by USIP, the Dalai Lama discussed ways to use universal spiritual values, such as compassion, in transforming violent conflicts into peaceful dialogue. On June 13, the Dalai Lama joined a few of these leaders at USIP to extend that discussion, which he and the youth participants say gives them new hope for their missions. 

Violent Extremism; Religion; Youth