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Emiliano Stornelli

  • Italy
  • Male
  • Italy
  • Southern Europe
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Chairman of the Religion & Security Council, Rome.

Emiliano Stornelli is the founding chairman of the Religion & Security Council (RSC). He established RSC to promote conflict resolution and a cooperative approach to security through active engagement in the religious dimension of international crises. In particular, RSC advocates for a major role of Interreligious Dialogue in defusing tensions and advancing reconciliation and peace-building in areas that witness warfare, unrest, and humanitarian emergencies, mainly in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Previously, Emiliano Stornelli was Director of the Mediterranean & Middle East Program at Italian Atlantic Committee (Rome, 2011-2016), and Advisor to the President of the Atlantic Treaty Association (Brussels, 2014-2016). Specialized in Strategic Studies at the Center for High Defense Studies (Italian Ministry of Defense), he was Visiting Researcher at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, and collaborated with the Military Center for Strategic Studies. Currently, he consults with the Pontifical Missionary Union and the International Center for Mission and Formation, Vatican City, on the coordination of editorial activities, research projects, and study seminars.

His motto is: Building Peace on Common Foundations.

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Forum “Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Italy: Challenges and Perspectives”
The Forum addressed the role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue amid the political, social, and cultural polarization that is currently affecting Italy and the whole of Europe. The proceedings engaged decision-makers, religious leaders, scholars, experts, representatives of the media and the civil society, who examined how interreligious and intercultural dialogue can contribute to foster peaceful coexistence between different religious identities; spread a proper knowledge of religions and cultures; further the respect of human rights; achieve shared approaches on issues concerning integration and migrations. The Forum aimed to promote awareness on the relevance of interreligious and intercultural dialogue among the Italian institutions and the political world; the encounter and cooperative relations between religious denominations; the introduction into the Italian education system of study programs and initiatives on interreligious and intercultural dialogue; the implementation of new programs and activities in the field of interreligious and intercultural dialogue. The main findings of the Forum will be featured in a report, also including recommendations and policy proposals on how to meet the challenges awaiting interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Italy in the near future.

Area of Actions:

Interreligious Dialogue