Religion and Conflict Mediation

A Conversation with Finnish Ambassador Pekka Metso

December 1, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room

Finland's Ambassador-at-Large for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Processes, Pekka Metso, spoke on the topic of religion and Finnish foreign policy and discussed the role of religious leaders or faith-oriented persons in conflict/peace mediation.

His intervention drew from his practical experience as the Finnish ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ambassador Metso has a keen interest in seeing how these issues can be taken up in a more coherent way in different international fora. He engaged with participants to discuss how a cross-cutting approach to interreligious and intercultural dialogue—which includes human rights and religious freedom issues—can be used in both domestic and foreign policy. Katherine Marshall moderated the discussion.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the International Mediators Community of Practice.

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