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Year 2 No 5 | May 29, 2016


Dr. Simion Speaks on Religious Terrorism and
Fundamentalism at conferences held in
Moldova and Romania

academy of sciences of republic of moldova

On May 10, 2016, Dr. Marian Simion presented a paper “Martyrdom or Suicide: On the Heroic Death in a Religious Context,” during an international conference titled, “Legislation, Ethics and Religion.” This event was co-sponsored and hosted by the Academy of Sciences of Moldova in Chişinău, Republic of Moldova. On May 9, 2016, he also presented a paper “The Risks of Religious Fundamentalism,” during an international conference titled, “Religious Freedom: the Warrant of a Better World.” This event was co-sponsored and hosted by the “Stephen the Great” University of Suceava, in Suceava, Romania. Both conferences had been organized by the Liberty and Conscience Association from Bucharest, Romania, together with the hosting institutions.

IPSEC and the Scientific Press
conclude International Symposium


On April 29-30, 2016 the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity together with the Scientific Press concluded the first international symposium titled, “The Future of Knowledge.” This symposium was held as a private event at the Harvard Faculty Club, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and reunited academics from the fields of arts and sciences, coming from three continents. His Excellency, Titus Corlăţean (Romania’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs; currently senator and university professor), presented the inaugural keynote paper, and His Excellency Mihnea Costoiu (Romania’s former Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development; currently senator and president of “Politehnica” University from Bucharest), presented a keynote speech as well. For details, please visit: www.scientificpress.or

Dr. Simion speaks on TrinitasTV
"Religion and Its Contribution to a Better World"

On May 18, 2016 Dr. Marian Simion was invited by the Romanian National Channel, TrinitasTV, for an hour-long discussion titled, “Religion and Its Contribution to a Better World.


Russian Intern Needed

IPSEC is looking to appoint a Russian Intern for a three-month period. The candidate should be a native Russian speaker, have excellent writing skills in Russian language and possess superior knowledge of English language. The main duty of the Russian Intern will be to translate the text content of the IPSEC website into Russian. A strong knowledge of Russian Orthodox culture, communication, and networking strategies is a plus. The selected candidate will be listed on the website as IPSEC Staff, and will work remotely. This is an unpaid position which offers multiple educational advantages and networking. To apply, please send your CV along with a cover letter to Dr. Marian Simion at:

IPSEC & Scientific Press
announce international conference on

Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives

DATE: August 22-23, 2016

Registration & Abstract: July 20 , 2016
Paper Due: August 1, 2016


St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute
International Conferences

The Saint Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute of Moscow, Russia, announces two international conferences. The first conference, “Theology of Suffering in Ecumenical Perspective,” will be held in Bose, Italy, during 26–29 October 2016. The second conference, “Theology of Nature: Divine Gift and Human Responsibility” will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, during 9–12 November 2016. Detailed information is available at

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IPSEC Newsletter (ISSN 2473-9146) is the official newsletter of the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity, Harvard Square | P.O. Box 380246 | Cambridge, MA 02238-0246, U.S.A. | | The purpose of this publication is to disseminate information about our institute’s activity, and to disseminate selected news about conflicts affecting the daily existence of Orthodox Christians around the world, as well as various announcements from similar organizations. Focused on research, consulting and education, IPSEC’s goal is to make a positive contribution to the world peace by focusing on the role of religion in international and interreligious relations. IPSEC is affiliated with Harvard Divinity School as a field education agency; offering educational services to graduate students on the role of Orthodox Christianity in international relations, conflict, and policymaking. We welcome your comments, queries, and suggestions; so please direct all correspondence to Dr. Marian Simion at