Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) is an arm of George Mason University‘s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. CRDC engages in practice, education, and research concerning peace-building in conflicts where religion and culture play a significant role in a destructive conflict. CRDC specializes in entrepreneurial engagement with partners, students and supporters who share the goal of promoting emerging networks of indigenous and global peacemakers; mobilizing support for them; and forging links between such people, citizen-diplomats, and policymakers.

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CRDC began in 2003 with a gift from the Catalyst Fund, which endowed the James H. Laue Chair in World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution, and created CRDC to be directed by the chair. The chair is named for James H. Laue, the inaugural Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason from 1987 until his death in 1993.

CRDC offers public presentations to governments and nongovernmental organizations; formal training in religion, diplomacy and conflict analysis; consulting for agencies dealing with religion and conflict; recommendations for ongoing conflicts; and support of religious moderates in international disputes.[1]

The center is also active in research. It analyzes religious traditions and practices for new areas of creative diplomacy, examines internal struggles within religious communities, and searches for ways in which religious practices may heal conflicts beyond the reach of normal diplomacy and conflict resolution.[1]

CRDC coordinated a meeting between King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and over 60 American rabbis on September 21, 2005 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC. The event was sponsored by the Embassy of Jordan, and coordinated by the CRDC and Dr. Robert Eisen of George Washington University. Since 2016, CRDC has also conducted overseas seminars in Jordan for graduate and undergraduate students that offer the opportunity to conduct fieldwork with Syrian refugees. These seminars were previously hosted in Turkey from 2013 to 2015.[2]

To promote interfaith dialogue, CRDC co-sponsored a televised debate in Syria on religion, tolerance and the state of political relations in the Middle East on May 25, 2005. Conceived by local Syrian activists, the event was sponsored to recognize the divisions facing the Middle East in which religion and politics intersect, such as the Israeli–Palestinian conflict or the war on terrorism.

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