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About the Institute 



The Institute for Faith-Based Diplomacy 

The Institute For Faith-Based Diplomacy (IFBD) engages in faith-based diplomacy as a non-governmental approach to bring about reconciliation and facilitate joint problem solving among communities divided by grievances or conflict.


The Institute accomplishes its mission by training of next-generation indigenous leaders in the practice of Faith-Based Diplomacy (FBD) and Faith-Based Reconciliation (FBR).


Raising up the Next Generation of Faith-Based Peacemakers

  • People of faith from all religious traditions

  • People of faith who sense a call to faith-based diplomacy as their life's work

  • People of of faith who will carry on and lead the work pioneered by Brian Cox

Extending Faith-Based Reconciliation as an Alternative to Ideologies that Foster Oppression and Violence

  • Religious extremism as a national security threat

  • Religious extremism as a spiritual problem that requires a spiritual approach

  • Religious extremism is grounded in a paradigm that must be transformed

  • Ideas are powerful that cause the militant to pick up the gun

Enabling the Development of Pluralistic Communities

  • The paradigm of hegemony is the root of identity-based conflicts and an obstacle to establishing a pluralistic and just community

  • A paradigm of pluralism assumes unity through diversity, not uniformity

Facilitating Strategic Friendship Between Israel and the Gentile Nations

  • Based on the Biblical vision of Isaiah 19:23-25

  • A new architecture of relationships between Israel and the Gentile nations

  • Requires deep healing and reconciliation to overcome the present paradigms that govern the existing relationship

Developing Public/Private Partnerships Between Track One and Track Two Diplomacy

  • The rise of religion and religious actors in the twenty-first century is the new normal

  • Track one governmental and track two faith-based cooperation brings the strengths of each to a problem


The Institute has its origins in the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD).

Brian Cox as ICRD Senior Vice President applied faith-based diplomacy to resolve identity-based conflicts in Sudan, Kashmir (both India and Pakistan), Syria, Israel, Palestine and Jordan.  

In 2008 ICRD partnered with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Law School to train and equip faith-based peacemakers through the PACIS (i.e. “Peace”) Project for Faith-Based Diplomacy.  

The Institute for Faith-Based Diplomacy was officially born on July 23, 2017 and was designed and developed by Brian Cox, John Sandoz, Dana Moldovan, and Gabriel Abdalla.

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Who We Are

We have a shared commitment to doing works of faith, relying on God to soften hearts, sustaining a personal relationship with God, and strengthening our personal faith to serve others. 



There are four principal ways that someone can become a part of this global movement of Faith-Based Diplomacy and Reconciliation:

Becoming an IFBD Team Member


This is a person or organization that volunteers to work with IFBD within their own nation on one of IFBD’s strategic objectives such as strategic friendship with Israel, countering religious extremism and violence, developing a pluralistic community.


This is a young person who has not yet acquired relevant experience in the field and who will be offered the opportunity to learn by working alongside IFBD’s highly experienced faith-based diplomats and peacemakers in the field so as to gain needed on-site knowledge, skills and experience. 

Regional Director

This is a person who undertakes the IFBD intensive training and begins an IFBD cell group in their region. This is evidence that that they are a leader by being able to mobilize others around a vision. The Regional Director will coordinate with IFBD’s President in overseeing the development of projects and deployment of the team.


This is a person who has completed the IFBD intensive training and will be available to work on specific IFBD projects based on their gifts and experience as part of a team.



The Institute for Faith-Based Diplomacy will create a global movement for faith-based peacemaking through a franchise model. 

The heart of the franchise model are core groups established in each region led by a Regional Director. The Regional Director will work under the supervision of the IFBD President and will oversee the training, project development, and deployment on specific IFBD projects. Projects that are consistent with the IFBD vision and objectives include:


Countering Extremism

Countering religious extremism and violence with an alternative vision of Faith-Based Reconciliation. 


Advancing Pluralism

Empowering diverse communities to develop a truly pluralistic and inclusive paradigm. 


Building Strategic Friendship

Developing strategic friendship between Israel and the Gentile nations. 


Developing Partnerships

Developing cooperative partnerships between track one and track two faith-based initiatives in a nation.


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