CISTP is involved in a wide variety of projects and programming:

  • Listening Cafés are gatherings of mostly local leaders of interfaith communities (mostly Muslim, Jewish, and Christian) and immigrant communities, select national leaders, academics, and students. Our March 1, 2017 Café, “Safe at Home: An Interfaith Conversation on Security,” hosted over forty local participants and featured Guests of Honor James Patton, Executive Vice President of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Washington D.C. and Arjun S. Sethi, B.S.F.S., J.D., Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, and a frequent commentator on civil rights and civil liberties issues.

  • Faculty Conversations are interdisciplinary think-tank workshops focused on difficult problems posed by a range of invited stakeholders, in conversation with our interdisciplinary team.  Past examples include: Moving Toward a Sustainable Economy in Kosovo; Addressing Radicalization through Inclusion; Terrorism in West Africa; Peace and Reconciliation in Colombia around the FARC peace treaty.

  • Faculty and student collaborative research projects have resulted in many publications and presentations. Our Faculty have presented before representatives of NATO, UNHCR, Tufts, and the Kozmetsky Center. Our jointly authored white papers have been made available to senior intelligence analysts in Canada and the U.S. Collectively we have a vast body of published research relating to peace, security issues, countering violent extremism, and terrorism.
  • The CISTP Student Research Interns from 2015-2018 have worked with several Faculty Fellows on a Systems Dynamics Model of Refugee Creation and Relocation. The model they have developed shows the many areas that interact to impact the refugee problem, including: Governance and Security, Infrastructure, Identity, Environment, and Education.  Working collaboratively, the interns have produced a macro-model, numerous micro-models, and white papers with the goal of producing a published product to share with NGOs and the UNHCR. They have presented their research to CISTP Faculty Fellows, faculty at the Center for Justice and Peace at Eastern Mennonite University, and national peace practitioners in a variety of venues, including the JMU Diversity Conference and the Cultivating the Sustainable Self Summit Series. Currently, Lauren Brittigan and Maxwell Titus (CISTP Student Research Interns for 2017) are preparing articles on the project to submit for publication.

  • CISTP values the relationships we have shared with a variety of Working Partners.  We wish to thank: The International Center for Religion and Peace, The HIVE at UNHCR, The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, Vine and Fig: The New Community Project, Freeland, and the Mayor of Harrisonburg, Deanna Reed.

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