Inclusion of Religious Actors in Peace and National Dialogue Processes

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Jeffrey Seul


Conflict resolution scholars and practitioners are increasingly focused on possibilities for broader representation of unofficial stakeholders within peace and national dialogue processes, an idea referred to as “inclusion of civil society” actors. Religious actors are among those eligible to participate, according to those contributing to the discourse on inclusion of civil society. This article considers possibilities for inclusion of religious actors as stakeholder-participants in peace and national dialogue processes, arguing that there are contexts in which religious actors should be involved in ways that differ from those in which others are involved.

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Jeffrey Seul, Peace Appeal Foundation, Harvard Divinity School

Jeffrey R. Seul is Co-Chair of the Peace Appeal Foundation, an international conflict resolution NGO, and Lecturer on the Practice of Peace at Harvard Divinity School.