MISSION

The Religion & Security Council (RSC) promotes conflicts resolution and a cooperative approach to security through active engagement in the religious dimension of international crises. In a time when religious-based narratives and ideologies are increasingly exploited to justify armed conflicts and violence, RSC aims to raise awareness on the means and guiding principles that religions can provide to support peace-making efforts and defuse confrontational situations.

RSC conferences and debates, educational and information activities, cooperation programs and policy proposals will look into the religion and security nexus, involving decision-makers, officials, scholars and experts with different backgrounds but a common purpose: drawing on the great potential of religions to achieve security and stability as a platform for lasting peace, socio-economic development and respect for human rights on a global scale.

RSC will advocate a major role for interreligious dialogue and cooperation to further diplomatic agreements and political settlements in areas that witness warfare, unrest and humanitarian emergencies.

RSC will endorse the advancement of a moderate and contemporary approach to religious scriptures and teachings as the best antidote to radicalization that leads to terrorism, sectarian animosity, and discrimination.

RSC will also address the root causes of extremism, such as unemployment, lack of education, marginalization, and crime − a fertile breeding ground for the indoctrination and recruitment of the youth by extremist groups.

RSC will focus on the future of religious and ethnic minorities, and will engage in reconciliation initiatives to promote peaceful coexistence and societal harmony in post-conflict and troubled countries. Moreover, RSC will examine the challenges that mass migrations and humanitarian emergencies pose for the integration policies in Europe.

Effective solutions to the conflicts and crises of our time lie within religion, and not outside or in opposition to it. RSC will devote its work to fostering positive and constructive ties between religion and security, in order to preserve religions from extremism and its terrorism manifestations, and to enable state and non-state actors, peoples and communities to move from confrontation back to cooperation and partnership relations.


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