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In order to anticipate and prevent ideological conflicts, IPSEC offers the “round table” program as a structural setting for the development of meaningful conversations between religious leaders and academics in general for the purpose of anticipating potential ideological conflicts. Once such potential ideological conflicts are identified, the “preventive diplomacy” program focuses on developing tools and solutions to prevent such ideological conflicts from erupting.

Round Table
Universities are laboratories for the formation of tomorrow’s leaders, and as such, issues bearing the potential of religious influence, interference and obstruction, are addressed in an anticipatory fashion. Because collective violence is driven by economics and meaning, religion is an institution which defines the meaning of life and drives economic attitudes. Therefore, the “roundtable program” serves as a venue to engage established and promising world-class academics from arts and sciences, whose thinking and work affects the world of economics, business, politics, science and technology. For this purpose, IPSEC established a partnership with the Athenaeum University from Bucharest Romania, and a symposium program with the Scientific Press from Cambridge, MA.

Athenaeum University
IPSEC’s partnership with the Athenaeum University of Bucharest was created to foster international expert exchanges, research and education in a global environment that is increasingly aware of the unavoidable presence of religion in business, economics and public administration. Research and education involve creative approaches to business ethics, awareness of diverse religious systems of thinking which drive specific attitudes towards wealth, poverty, social responsibility, common good, ownership, banking, and taxation. (more...)

The Scientific Press
In 2016 IPSEC established the Scientific Press as an inter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary publishing program of IPSEC. The Scientific Press organizes international conferences and publishes the work of the participants as proceedings, journal articles and monographs. The topics of these conferences include general themes from science and humanities which intersect with religious worldviews. The current series of conferences is called “Harvard Square Symposium,” and it was named after the physical location of IPSEC in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This symposium reunites promising and well established scholars in a creative environment to propose holistic ways of thinking by nurturing the engagement of the global intellectual elite into conversations meant to tackle the new challenges faced by the mankind. It is a conversation which attempts to go beyond the existing paradigms of thinking. (more…)  

Preventive Diplomacy
Ideas lead to actions and actions create new ways of thinking (and acting), which often clash with the old paradigms. Fortunately, such conflicts can often be anticipated. IPSEC offers a preventive diplomacy consulting program which focuses on the geographic areas marked by the presence of Orthodox Christianity. The program is designed to take “diplomatic action” at the earliest stage, so as to prevent disputes from arising and potentially escalating into conflicts. Potential conflicts can involve various issues ranging from political ideologies and religious identity to issues related to science and technology, business and public policy.

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Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity

Harvard Square
P.O. Box 380246,
Cambridge, MA 02238-0246, U.S.A.

msimion@orthodoxpeace.org

 

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