Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God!








Marian Gh. Simion addresses
the 8th World Congress of the
International Religious Liberty Association

"Why we dont raise!" Plenary speech delivered at the International Religious
Liberty Association during the 8th World Congress for Religious Freedom
| August 22-24, 2017 Miami (Hollywood), Florida, United States

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Research Methodology in Orthodox Peace Studies: University Textbook
by Marian Gh. Simion



Metodologia Cercetării în Studiile de Pace Ortodoxe - Manual Universitar, Cluj–Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2016 (Foreword Laurențiu Tănase, Editorial Coordination and Introductory by Study Cristian-Sebastian Sonea); 232 pages; ISBN 978–606–37–0104–7 This is a textbook on qualitative research methodology in the field of peace studies in Orthodox Christianity, authored by Marian Gh. Simion, in Romanian language.


His Eminence Metropolitan Irineu Popa
Honorary President of IPSEC

September 15, 2017


The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) is pleased to announce that His Eminence, Acad. Prof. Dr. Irineu Popa, Archbishop of Craiova and Metropolitan of Oltenia, Romania, has been elected Honorary President of IPSEC.
His Eminence Irineu is a leading member of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and a Member of the Romanian Academy. He is also a university professor at the University of Craiova, in Romania.

According to Dr. Marian Gh. Simion, President & Chief Executive Officer of IPSEC, “His Eminence Irineu takes a genuine interest in the importance of religion in peace research and education. Having him as a spiritual mentor is a real gain for IPSEC, as we hope he will help us implement some of our educational goals.”

His Eminence Irineu Popa holds one doctorate in Theology from Saint Serge Theological Institute in Paris, and a second doctorate in Civil Law from Nicolae Titulescu School of Law in Craiova. He is the author of twenty-one books and of more than eighty scholarly articles of theological research. He taught Church History and Byzantine History and Civilization at Saint Serge Theological Institute in Paris, as well as Moral Theolgy at Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca.###

For more information, contact Marian Simion, PhD, at

IPSEC and Romanian Parliament Establish partnership!

Freedom of Conscience and Religion conference concludes at the Romanian Parliament

On September 29, 2016, the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) served as an institutional partner for the international scientific conference, “Freedom of Religion and Conscience in the Context of National Security.” The conference was organized by Asociația Conștiință și Libertate (Conscience and Liberty Association), and the Romanian Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, Juridical Committee on Discipline and Immunities, in partnership with Secretariatul de State pentru Culte (Secretariate of State for Religious Affairs), International Religious Liberty Association, Association Internationale pour la Défense de la Liberté Religieuse, Université Paul-Valery Montpellier 3, and Essanchess-Journal for Communication Studies. This event brought together policymakers, clergy and academics, who spoke on religious pluralism and tolerance. Over sixty brief speeches and papers were presented in Romanian, French, German, English and Ukrainian; all of them published in full version in the Journal for Freedom of Conscience Vol.4/2016 (Editions IARSIC: Les Arcs, France.) IPSEC was represented by Dr. Marian Simion, who presented a paper on religious counterterrorism, and by Fr. Nicholas J. Greanias, JD, LLM, who presented a paper on religious freedom and national security.

Dr. Marian Simion receives the Medal
of the Romanian Parliament for
Human Rights activity

On September 29, 2016, Dr. Marian Gh. Simion was awarded “The Medal of the Romanian Parliament” and “Diploma of Honor” by the Chamber of Deputies, The Juridical Committee on Discipline and Immunities, in recognition of his overall activity for the promotion, consolidation and respect for freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. The awards were offered in the context of the international scientific conference, “Freedom of Religion and Conscience in the Context of National Security.”


IPSEC and the Academy of Sciences
of the Republic of Moldova
are now partners

On May 19, 2016, IPSEC entered into a partnership with the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova (the Institute of Philology), by signing a Memorandum of Agreement for Scientific Collaboration. The purpose of this partnership is to establish a platform for collaboration in all fields proposed by the partnering institutions, and in accordance with the international obligations and the domestic laws of each party. The parties will cooperate on research, will create internships, and will establish joint committees to organize conferences, symposia, and roundtables, and they will develop international projects and programs in accordance with their institutional missions.

IPSEC and the Scientific Press proudly release

The Future of Knowledge: Proceedings of
Harvard Square Symposium
Volume 1 | Year 2016, edited by Titus Corlăţean
and Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru

Future of Knowledge

The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) together with the Scientific Press are pleased to announce the publication of the volume titled, “The Future of Knowledge: Proceedings of Harvard Square Symposium | Volume 1 | Year 2016, edited by Titus Corlăţean and Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru. This volume contains scientific papers in arts and sciences presented at the first edition of “Harvard Square Symposium;” a symposium organized by the Scientific Press together with IPSEC on April 29–30, 2016, in Cambridge Massachusetts. The theme, “the Future of Knowledge,” was suggestively chosen to highlight the mission of our symposia; that of making a valuable contribution to a future of humanity full of hope and trust, keeping in mind that the common responsibilities toward the future generations (which we share across nations, cultures, and beliefs), ought to be symbiotic with our professional ideals, in providing good stewardship. Please note that Harvard Square Symposium is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is a Harvard University program or activity. (more...)

Dr. Simion Speaks on Religious Terrorism and
Fundamentalism at conferences held in
Moldova and Romania

academy of sciences of republic of moldova

On May 10, 2016, Dr. Marian Simion presented a paper “Martyrdom or Suicide: On the Heroic Death in a Religious Context,” during an international conference titled, “Legislation, Ethics and Religion.” This event was co-sponsored and hosted by the Academy of Sciences of Moldova in Chişinău, Republic of Moldova. On May 9, 2016, he also presented a paper “The Risks of Religious Fundamentalism,” during an international conference titled, “Religious Freedom: the Warrant of a Better World.” This event was co-sponsored and hosted by the “Stephen the Great” University of Suceava, in Suceava, Romania. Both conferences had been organized by the Liberty and Conscience Association from Bucharest, Romania, together with the hosting institutions.

IPSEC and the Scientific Press
conclude International Symposium


On April 29-30, 2016 the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity together with the Scientific Press concluded the first international symposium titled, “The Future of Knowledge.” This symposium was held as a private event at the Harvard Faculty Club, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and reunited academics from the fields of arts and sciences, coming from three continents. His Excellency, Titus Corlăţean (Romania’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs; currently senator and university professor), presented the inaugural keynote paper, and His Excellency Mihnea Costoiu (Romania’s former Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development; currently senator and president of “Politehnica” University from Bucharest), presented a keynote speech as well. For details, please visit:

Dr. Simion speaks on TrinitasTV
"Religion and Its Contribution to a Better World"

On May 18, 2016 Dr. Marian Simion was invited by the Romanian National Channel, TrinitasTV, for an hour-long discussion titled, “Religion and Its Contribution to a Better World.”

Harvard Associate Dean receives
Honorary Doctorate in Romania


Upon IPSEC’s informal recommendation, Rev. Dr. Dudley C. Rose, the Associate Dean for Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School, was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by Dimitrie Cantemir University in Bucharest, Romania. The degree was awarded in the presence of academics and government officials including the Prime Minister of Romania, vice-president of the Romanian Senate, former ministers of education, foreign affairs, and university professors from Romania and Western Europe. Dr. Rose was also a keynote speaker at the Romanian Parliament, and appeared on several national TV channels in Romania as a featured guest.

Dr. Simion Appointed Honorary Adviser
to the Parliament of Romania


On July 1, 2015, Dr. Marian Simion was appointed Honorary Adviser to Senator Ben-Oni Ardelean, Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Romanian Senate, and his cabinet at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest, Romania. According to the letter of appointment, “Dr. Simion’s responsibility is administering the international affairs and communication of Senator Ben-Oni Ardelean with the American governmental institutions, federal, state and local, with American organizations which have the purpose of developing bilateral relations in the cultural environment or of business with Romania, as well as with the Romanian community in the United States of America.” (more…)

Cambridge University Press Releases
Dr. Marian Simion’s

Religion and Public Policy

Cambridge University Press has released Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics, a book co-edited by Dr. Marian Simion together with Sumner B. Twiss and Rodney L. Petersen. Featuring a group of distinguished contributors, including Bryan Hehir, Scott Appleby, John Witte, Jr., Abdulaziz Sachedina, and the CNN political commentator and former presidential advisor David Gergen, this volume is a multifaceted and original exploration of the status and justification of human rights; of the meaning and significance of religious liberty; how the comparative study of religious ethics ought to proceed; the nature, limits, and future development of just war thinking; the role of religion and human rights in conflict resolution, diplomacy, and peace-building; and the tensions raised by religious involvement in public policy and state institutional practices. (more...)

Dr. Simion Interviewed by Voice of America
on Ukrainian Conflict

When it comes to conflict, “Orthodox Christianity has a very interesting and complex attitude toward violence,” said Marian Gh. Simion. . . . "Orthodox Christianity does not have a 'Just War' theory. . . . Because it operates under the state, it's never had to make decisions on national invasions, so its theology runs much more pacifistic."(read article | download audio file...)


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