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James Patton has served as president of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) since June 2017, having joined ICRD in 2011 and worked for over two decades on international development, conflict transformation, and social reconciliation. Patton previously was a U.S. Department of State foreign affairs officer deployed to support South Sudan's independence referendum process and later joined USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. His non-governmental work has included working with Cambodian Buddhists on enhancing their role in post-conflict stability and coordinating human rights and conflict transformation initiatives in the Andean region. Patton is a senior visiting fellow at Brigham Young University’s Wheatley Institution and co-author, with Rev. David Steele, of the forthcoming U.S. Institute of Peace publication Religion and Conflict Guides: Religion and Reconciliation. Patton holds a master of law and diplomacy degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School and a master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.