Religion and Conflict / Religion and Peace

Workshop under the auspices of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, John Hume Boardroom, Maynooth, 13 April 2018

The Kennedy Institute, MU and The Faculty of Theology, SPCM

Workshop on Religion and Conflict/Religion and Peace under the auspices of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, John Hume Boardroom, Maynooth, 13 April 2018 

Thursday 12 April 

17:30 “Education as the Making of a World in Common Across Difference” – inaugural lecture of Professor Carl Anders Säfström, Professor of Educational Research,

19:45 welcome dinner at The Avenue (restaurant), Main Street, Maynooth

Friday 13 April, John Hume Boardroom, North Campus

09:30 Opening Session

introductory remarks by Dr. Peter Cassells, Director, Edward M. Kennedy Institute, National University of Ireland, Maynooth; and Rev. Dr. Michael Shortall, Registrar, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth

brief tour de table

10:00  Keynote address: Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Director, European Union Fundamental Rights Agency

10:30 – 11:15

Working Session I: constructive engagement of policymakers and religious leaders

presentation by Professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer/Ambassador Alvaro Albacete (King Abdullah International Centre for Intercultural and Inter-religious Dialogue); response by Mario Buil-Merce, UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect 

11:15 Break for coffee/ tea

11:30 to 12:45

Working Session II: religion, the common good, business, the economy

presentations by Professor Suzanne Mulligan (St. Patrick’s College Maynooth), Michael Wakelin (Coexist), Philip McDonagh (Kennedy Institute, on behalf of Professor Helen Alford, Vice-Rector, the Angelicum)

13:00 lunch

14: 30 – 15:45

Working Session III: religion, security, reconciliation

presentations by Dr. Kishan Manocha (ODIHR); Professor Martin Leiner/Dr. Zeina Barakat (Centre for the Study of Reconciliation, Jena); Dr. Frank Evers (Centre for OSCE Research, University of Hamburg). 

15: 45 Break for coffee or tea

16:00 – 16:30  Working Session IV: the State and religious communities- Swiss Political Culture: Addressing Religious Conflicts in a Practical and Consensual Manner

presentation by Owen Frazer, Centre for Security Studies,  ETH Zurich

16:30 – 17:15 Working Session V: next steps

Can the OSCE or OSCE participating States do more to engage with religious actors? Can the OSCE as a values-led Organisation benefit from a deeper dialogue around concepts having some of their roots in a religious view of life? 



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