Plenty of universities and independent think tanks are working at the nexus of religion and peace, said Ambassador Dane F. Smith, a senior advisor on Darfur at the State Department who has written a book about American peace-building institutions.
But United States Institute of Peace is a congressionally chartered, taxpayer-funded institute. Its willingness to work with religious leaders contrasts with popular conventional wisdom elsewhere in government, said Smith.
“Certainly the guidance to diplomats in the field is that they can meet with religious leaders — but don’t go too far,” Smith said.
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