faith diplomacy

August 21, 2015

This week in public diplomacy news, headlines revealed how trust can both smooth and sharpen diplomatic divides. 

A group of Islamic experts urged the world's 1.6 billion Muslims on Tuesday to do more to fight global warming, in a new example of religious efforts to galvanise action before a UN climate summit in Paris in December. Christiana Figueres, the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, said religion was a guide for action. 

Distrust in how best to strategize global development aid works in both directions. Engaging faith-based organizations has historically been met with skepticism from secular aid organizations. [...] “Inter-religious organizations and leaders can help donors overcome these challenges by active engagement as cultural brokers and guides.”

Cyril actually stated the need to build orthodox geopolitics, in line with Putin’s foreign policy.The Orthodox church moves in the former Soviet area, which the Kremlin aims to regroup. All this, supports the government’s foreign policy, continually appealing to a shared values between the “sister nations” with “a unique story, a unique Church and unique future”. 

For 20 years, the Global Leadership Summit has been inspiring, encouraging and equipping Christian leaders. When the event was first created, the target audience were mainly pastors. Over the years, the event has evolved to include leaders from all walks of ministry and life. Now the Lima area will have a chance to participate when Lima Community Church hosts a live simulcast of the event on Aug. 6 and 7.

The Qatar Embassy in London co-sponsored the day-long event in partnership with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Diplomats and staff from the embassy, assisted by volunteers from Qatar, were on hand at the festival to showcase the culture and traditions of the country and offer hospitality on the day. 

For him, this paradigm must acknowledge the cultural and historical factors at the heart of many identity-based conflicts and advance the role of nation-states in resolving them. Cox calls this emerging paradigm "Faith-Based Diplomacy".

The memorial project builds on the landmark work of French Catholic priest and Georgetown University adjunct professor Patrick Desbois, whose organization, Yahad — in Unum (which translates as Together — In One), has found more than 1,600 Jewish mass graves in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland, Romania, Moldova and Lithuania, and interviewed over 4,000 witnesses to the Holocaust.