Emergent Peacebuilding Approaches: Cultural Sensitivity and Religious Awareness

Preparation is critical in order to adequately grasp the cultural subtleties and religious realities within operational environments, and yet such preparation is often insufficient.

Participants will be introduced to regionally shared conflict-handling mechanisms that have emerged from local cultures, with particular attention paid to the African continent. Some of the topics discussed in this course include: identifying significant cultural and religious leaders; religion as a driver of conflict yet purveyor of peace; building trusted relationships through dialogue; learning about grassroots peacebuilding practices and incorporating them into developing initiatives. Pertinent case studies will serve to illustrate such practices.

Participants will learn:

  • To raise awareness of the efficacy of a host culture’s approaches to conflict mitigation that can be respectfully integrated into western initiatives (e.g. peace council movements in Africa and Asia)
  • To identify potential pitfalls that create unnecessary barriers to engagement
  • To realize the potential of local, regional, and national religious leadership for intergroup collaboration as an aspect of whole-of-government initiatives
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  • Raise awareness of the efficacy of a host culture’s approaches to conflict mitigation that can be respectfully integrated into western initiatives (e.g. peace council movements in Africa and Asia)

  • Identify potential pitfalls that create unnecessary barriers to engagement

  • Realize the potential of local, regional, and national religious leadership for intergroup collaboration as an aspect of whole-of-government initiatives

  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • NGO / IO communities
  • Faith-based NGO

Steve Moore with support from Nyambura Githaiga

S.K. (Steve) Moore, PhD a Padre in the Canadian Armed Forces for 22 years, with tours to Bosnia (92-93), Haiti (97-98) and doctoral research in Afghanistan (2006), did post-doctoral work that led to the chaplain operational capability, Religious Leader Engagement (RLE), being integrated into Army training. He has advanced RLE within NATO and the Commonwealth, increasingly adapting a whole-of-government application. His publications include Military Chaplains as Agents of Peace: Religious Leader Engagement in Conflict and Post-conflict Environments and Religious Leader Engagement as an Aspect of Irregular Warfare (forthcoming). 

 

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