James Patton


President and CEO of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD)

James Patton has facilitated international development, conflict transformation and social reconciliation for over two decades, building collaborative networks and programs with social and political actors in complex conflict environments. His experience includes: assessing the impact of drug policies in Bolivia; training Cambodian Buddhists on post-conflict stability; coordinating citizen security in the Andean region; training religious actors in countering violent extremism; and leading stability assessments for the US State Department in South Sudan. He is a Council on Foreign Relations Lifetime Member, Senior Visiting Fellow at Brigham Young University’s Wheatley Institution, and co-author, with Rev. David Steele, of the forthcoming US Institute of Peace publication, Religion and Conflict Guide Series: Religion and Reconciliation. James holds a Master of Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.

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