Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative

The Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative is a joint initiative of the Harvard Divinity School's Religious Literacy Project and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. This groundbreaking new four-year initiative includes a robust program of research, coursework, internships, professional collaboration, and programming to engage the roles religions play in contemporary Middle East culture, public policy, and international affairs.

The initiative examines the potential for a more sophisticated and capacious understanding of religion to yield fresh insights into contemporary challenges and opportunities for just peacebuilding. It will include:

  • coursework (including January-term programming and summer internships in the region)
  • practitioner fellows program
  • annual symposia
  • public events
  • contributing resources for a related HarvardX MOOC