Peace and Security
UPF acknowledges the need for careful and proportionate use of power, including political, economic, military and civil society power to sustain lasting peace. However, we strongly emphasize "soft power" solutions as essential to peacebuilding. A leading exponent of “track two” diplomacy, UPF emphasizes the role and responsibility of religious and spiritual leaders to transcend historical self-interest and pursue the ideal of “One family under God.”
Goal: Increase dialogue and understanding between parties in conflict
Methods: Consultations among scholars, diplomats, government officials, civil society representatives, and religious leaders; people-to-people diplomacy
Regional Peace and Security Initiatives
- Balkans - Bringing together leaders to consider paths to peace in the Balkans
- Baltics - Overcoming historical tensions between Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania through grassroots engagement
- Middle East - Organizing forums and other opportunities to promote understanding, with a special focus on Israel and its neighbors
- Northeast Asia - Promoting efforts to improve relations among nations in the region, with a special focus on the Korean Peninsula
- South Asia - Building peace and cooperation through leadership consultations and grassroots activities
- South Caucasus - Fostering understanding among the diverse groups in the region through people-to-people diplomacy
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