Under the Patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai


Under the Patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai


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James Patton

President and CEO

International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, United States of America
James Patton is the President and CEO of The International Center for Religion & Diplomacy. He has conducted international development, conflict transformation and social reconciliation for more than two decades, building collaborative networks and programs with the entire spectrum of social and political actors in complex conflict environments. His non-governmental experience includes assessing the impact of drug policies in Bolivia, facilitating Cambodian Buddhists’ role in post-conflict stability, coordinating citizen security and conflict transformation efforts in the Andean region, and developing frameworks for training religious actors in countering violent extremism in North Africa. His governmental experience includes leading stability operations assessments for the US State Department in South Sudan and enhancing the Latin America and Religion and Conflict portfolios for USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. He serves as a member of a number of collaborative efforts to advance the field of peacemaking, including: the U.S. Department of State’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy; the Council on Foreign Relations’ Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group, and; the public-private partnership advancing national dialogue on reconciliation in Colombia, Reconcilación Colombia. He is a Lifetime Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Visiting Fellow at Brigham Young University’s Wheatley Institution, and co-author, with Rev. David Steele, of the forthcoming U.S. Institute of Peace publication, Religion and Conflict Guide Series: Religion and Reconciliation. James holds a Master of Law and Diplomacy degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. 

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