Religion and Crisis Diplomacy

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 10, 2010 to Saturday, June 12, 2010
Location: 
Vienna, Austria

LISD's Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR) convened the conference, "Religion and Crisis Diplomacy,"June 10-12, 2010 at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria. The event was co-sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute in Vienna (LIVA). This was the third annual PORDIR conference. Previous meetings focused on religion and international development (2009), and the influence of religion and religious beliefs in the conduct of international diplomacy and power politics (2008).

The the 2010 PORDIR conference explored the influence of religion and religious beliefs in the conduct of international diplomacy and conflict and crisis management, with a focus on both state and non-state actors. This meeting brought together distinguished religious leaders, diplomatic practitioners and academics from around the world for an interreligious, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational dialogue about development, social and political identity, and conflict resolution. The colloquium also engaged the next generation of diplomats and scholars through the participation of PORDIR's 2009-2010 fellows who participated in the colloquium and offered presentations throughout the conference.

LISD created the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International relations in 2007 in response to the undeniable role religion currently plays in interstate and intrastate conflicts and aspects of international affairs. The program offers students and faculty at Princeton University the opportunity to study, reflect, and generate ideas concerning the multiple intersections of religion, diplomacy, and international relations. The project currently includes a student fellowship program, weekly seminar series, and annual conference. The program is co-directed by LISD Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and The Rev. Paul Raushenbush, Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University.