Faculty Development Seminar: The Religious Dynamics of War and Peace

June 23-25, 2009
Location: National Defense University

U.S. and associated armed forces, including interagency and non-governmental partners, are involved in regions of the world where issues of religion and identity can both drive conflict and promote reconciliation. To date, however, religion-related issues have played very little role in military leadership training. In order to further understanding among officers, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and National Defense University's Institute for the Study of Ethics and Leadership conducted a three-day interactive faculty development seminar for uniformed military faculty from the 18 U.S. military staff colleges and senior service colleges in June 2009. The seminar focused on the increasingly relevant and complex topic of religion and conflict from three perspectives: how religion can be a factor in causing conflict; how religion can be a factor in conflict resolution; and how religion can be a force for peacebuilding and development. The seminar was made possible by the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and International Affairs.

The seminar, part of the Luce/SFS program's outreach to government and international organizations, saw the introduction and discussion of a new series of case studies around the topic of "Religion, Conflict, and Peace." The case studies examine the role of international and domestic forces in shaping the religious dimensions of conflict and peacemaking in key countries and regions of the world, including Afghanistan and Bosnia.


June 23

Welcome | Albert Pierce, National Defense University; Eric Patterson, Georgetown University

A Strategic View | General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret.)

Session 1: Understanding the Religious Dynamics of Contemporary Warfare | Eric Patterson, Georgetown University

Session 2: Religious Roots and Causes of Conflict: The Iraq Case | Chaplain (COL) Chet Lanious, US Army Chaplain Center and School

Session 3: Religion, Identity, and Conflict: A Case Study from the Balkans | Paul Mojzes, Rosemont University

Session 4: Religious Actors as Peace Brokers: A Case Study from Colombia | Virginia Bouvier, US Institute of Peace

June 24

Session 1: Understanding the Religious Dynamics of Peace in Conflict Situations | Eric Patterson, Georgetown University

Session 2: Panel on Religious Actors and Conflict Resolution | Qamar-ul Huda, US Institute of Peace; Professor Robert Eisen, George Washington University; Dr. Mary Ann Cusimano Love, Catholic University; Albert C. Pierce, National Defense University

Session 3: Religiously Motivated Terrorism | Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University

June 25

Session 1: Religion in Post-Conflict: The Nigeria Case | Ambassador John Campbell

Session 2: Religion as an Element in Theater Security | Chaplain (COL) David Colwell, US Africa Command

Session 3: Development and Religion in Post-Conflict Societies | Katherine Marshall, Georgetown University

Session 4: Religious Freedom and US National Security | Thomas Farr, Georgetown University

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