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Religion and international peacemaking

Smock, David
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) FPRI Wire 9 (March).

This essay by David Smock, director of the Program on Religion and Peacemaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace, is based on his December 6, 2000 Perlmutter Lecture on Ethnic Conflict at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While acknowledging that religion has often played and continues to play a significant role in fomenting international conflict, he concentrates on the religion has played and continues to play in international peacemaking. He cites historical examples of religious people and organizations involved in international mediation and peacemaking, as well as contemporary instances, and he locates their work in their theological and historical traditions.


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