Source: Dr. Kenneth Obiekwe, Journal of Peace, Conflict and DevelopmentThis paper argues that to deal adequately with the intrastate, protracted conflicts in Africa there is a need for an inner-oriented, indigenous-based, organic, and long-term sustainable nonviolent process of conflict transformation and peacebuilding aimed at constructive holistic change.
Source: Daniel Philpott, American Political Science Review 103, no. 3This essay takes on the broad question, “What explains the political pursuits of religious actors?” by exploring two powerful influences on these pursuits. The first is differentiation, or the degree of autonomy between religious actors and states in their basic authority. The second is political theology: the set of ideas that religious actors hold about political authority and justice. Through global comparisons across religions, regions, and states, it seeks to establish the effect of both influences on two political pursuits in which religion’s role is hotly debated today: support for democratization and political violence, including communal violence and terrorism. The author concludes with lessons learned commonly from the analysis of both pursuits.
Source: Daniel Philpott, Journal of International Affairs 61, no. 1This paper investigates the role of the religious paradigm of reconciliation in transitional justice, as well as its potential for healing divided societies. Topics discussed include: what transitional justice means; the difference between the two paradigms of transitional justice, that is, the liberal human rights paradigm, rooted in the Enlightenment and focusing on the punishment of perpetrators and the vindication of victims, and the reconciliation paradigm, rooted in the Abrahamic religious traditions and focusing on forgiveness and healing; what reconciliation means; current debates concerning reconciliation and transitional justice, including the relationship between forgiveness and punishment, the compatibility of reconciliation with the politics of modern liberal democracy, and issues regarding the religiosity of the reconciliation paradigm; and religion and reconciliation in practice in 15 cases of political transitions away from conflict and authoritarianism, including Guatemala, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, and Rwanda, among others. The author argues that a wide array of religions and cultures contain a political theology or culturally rooted concept of reconciliation in which a more holistic transformation of society is encouraged and embraced. He concludes that the political influence of religious actors who embrace the reconciliation paradigm is only efficacious when they remain autonomous from the regime they want to influence.
Source: http://www.forusa.org/The Fellowship of Reconciliation is an interfaith peace organization in the United States that carries out programs and educational projects concerned with domestic and international peace and justice, nonviolent alternatives to conflict, and the rights of conscience. FOR’s website provides the following: information about FOR’s peacebuilding programs and activities worldwide, including its regional programs in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America, as well as topical programs such as nonviolence training and youth peacemaker trainings; articles and resources on peacebuilding; and information and contacts for various religious peace-related actors worldwide.
Source: http://www.uri.org/Peacebuilding.htmlUnited Religions Initiative is committed to promoting daily interfaith cooperation and to ending religiously motivated violence. The organization’s website includes: the interfaith peacebuilding guide; links and resources to international organizations, regional organizations, training and education, and resources on peacebuilding; stories of hope; youth programs; regions of interest; URI resources and materials; and links to other religions and interfaith organizations.
Source: http://www.usip.org/religionpeace/index.htmlThe Religion and Peacemaking program of the United States Institute of Peace conducts research, identifies best practices, and develops new peacebuilding tools for religious leaders and organizations. The website provides information on the following: USIP’s work in zones of conflict; resources for practitioners; information on special projects related to religion and peacebuilding; upcoming events; and publications.
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Source: Cynthia Petrigh, IKV Pax ChristiThis document summarizes research conducted in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria between November 2008 and January 2009 addressing the issue of nonviolence and messages of peace in Islam.
Source: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Confict (GPPAC)This project showcases the efforts of people around the world who are dedicated to promoting peace. The website presents the following: information about GPPAC; reflections on peacebuilding; major themes, including business, development, diaspora groups, donors, education, and governments; success stories and activities of faith-based organizations and religious individuals and communities in the area of peacebuilding; and regions and countries of interest.
Source: World Conference of Religions for Peace, Eighth World AssemblyThis declaration aims to engage religious communities and leaders around the world in an effort to confront violence and affirm their shared commitment to seek peace with justice. Primary themes covered include: a brief overview of the Religions for Peace Assembly, including its history and mission; a discussion of violent conflict; the use of religion in violent conflicts; the need and effectiveness of multi-religious cooperation; and a discussion of the assembly’s goal to advance shared security. The declaration concludes by calling for the following actions: for religious communities to both confront the misuse of religion for violence and to harness their power as effective educators and partners in peacebuilding; for the global network of Religions for Peace to advocate and foster high-level multi-religious cooperation to advance peacebuilding efforts; and for governments, international organizations, and the business sector to support and seek out religious actors to effect change.