Rebuilding Nation Building: Panel: Religion (Part 4 of 5)

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April 8, 2005 Speakers: David Little, T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict and Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard Divinity School Ramez Islambouli, Adjunct Professor, Case School of Law and Director, Islamic Campus Ministry, Case Western Reserve University Moderator: Calvin William Sharpe, John Deaver Drinko Baker & Hostetler Professor, Case School of Law Presented by: Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Co-sponsored by CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict & Dispute Resolution) From the experience of post-colonial states in Asia and Africa to more recent experience in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the conceptual clarity and goals of nation building have been difficult to achieve. Beyond the international recognition of what Benedict Anderson called an imagined community, what are the desirable features of the nation under construction, and what, if any, is the appropriate role of the international community in designing, financing, and building them? How should the government be chosen, and powers separated between branches, allocated between the center and the regions, or shared by competing ethnic or religious groups? What are the necessary tools of conflict resolution? How critical is the role of women? Is religion a divisive or unifying force? What is the role of the United States, the United Nations, or the international financial institutions? With a view to comparative experience, a candid look at Iraq, and perspectives on the future, this unique day-long symposium will bring several world-leading experts together to address these fundamental questions. .

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religion; religion and nation building; nation building; international law; post-conflict justice;


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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