Religion in World Affairs: Its Role in Conflict and Peace

This special report from the United States Institute of Peace reflects on the role of religion in conflict and in peace. The USIP’s Religion and Peacemaking Program has worked with local partners to promote religious peacemaking in many parts of the world. This report represents reflections on that experience.

“No major religion has been exempt from complicity in violent conflict. Yet we need to beware of an almost universal propensity to oversimplify the role that religion plays in international affiars. Religion is not usually the sole or even primary cause of conflict.”

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