Launch of the “Religion, Peace, and Security: Challenges and Prospects in the MENA Region” study paper

NATO Security Force Assistance - Centre of Excellence (NATO SFA COE), in partnership with the Religion and Security Council (RSC), invites you to join the online launch of the study paper “Religion, Peace, and Security: Challenges and Prospects in the MENA Region”, which will take place on October 9, from 14:00 to 16:00 CET.

The volume collects the proceedings of the Study Seminar held in Rome on 5-6 May 2022, and has been edited by RSC Chairman Emiliano Stornelli and Dr. Sihem Djebbi, Associate Professor at the University of Sorbonne Paris Nord and the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy, who were also the scientific coordinators of the event.

The Study Seminar gathered an international group of scholars, experts, religious leaders, military officers, and civilian representatives, with the goal of examining the potentialities of the “religious factor” in the Mediterranean and the Middle East as a “driver” of peace and security.

During the event, experiences, analyses, and recommendations were shared to better understand and enhance the role of religion in crisis management, conflict resolution, peace-building, and post-conflict stabilization. In particular, three main domains were examined: interreligious dialogue; countering radicalization and violent extremism; and fostering reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.

In addition to RSC Chairman Emiliano Stornelli and Dr. Sihem Djebbi, the launch of the study paper will feature NATO SFA COE Director, Col. Massimo Di Pietro, and the keynote speakers of the Study Seminar, who authored the chapters of the volume based on their remarks at the event:


Lt. Gen. Stefano Del Col

Director at the Supreme Council of Defense, Italian Presidency of the Republic

Former UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander

Dr. Elie Al Hindy

Executive Director, Adyan Foundation

Dr. Majeda Omar

Associate Professor, University of Jordan

Former Director, Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies

Prof. Aicha Haddou

Director of Ta’aruf − Morocco Interfaith & Peacebuilding Research and Training Centre, Rabita Mohammedia of Ulemas

Imam Yahya Pallavicini

President of the Islamic Religious Community of Italy (COREIS)

Ambassador for Dialogue among Civilizations,

Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO)

Dr. Elie Abouaoun

RSC Senior Fellow

Former Director of North Africa Programs & Regional Hub, U.S. Institute of Peace

Hon. Pascale Isho Warda

RSC Senior Fellow

President, Hammurabi Human Rights Organization

Former Minister for Migration and the Displaced, Iraqi Interim Government

In conclusion, RSC Chairman Emiliano Stornelli and Dr. Sihem Djebbi will share the main “Strategic Takeways on Religion, Peace, and Security in the MENA Region” drawn from the Study Seminar which are useful to policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, students, and all the stakeholders interested in the topic.

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