Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft / Edition 1

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As the Cold War era becomes history, we are entering an age when international conflict is increasingly based on racial, ethnic, national, and religious clashes--the most intractable sources of conflict, and those with which conventional diplomacy is least suited to deal. The particularly American tendency to separate political from spiritual life often tends to ignore a vital aspect of international relations--one that can be a powerful tool in negotiations. Religion plays a crucial role in many international conflicts, yet for the most part, diplomacy either ignores or misunderstands its role.

This unified collection of case studies and theoretical pieces attempts to restore this missing dimension to its rightful place in the conduct of international diplomacy. Sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., this study offers the first systematic account of modern cases in which religious or spiritual factors have played a helpful role in preventing or resolving conflict and achieving non-violent socio-political change. Written by a distinguished roster of scholars, the cases presented span the globe, with examples from Europe, Central America, Asia, and Africa. Additional essays summarize the findings of these case studies to bring out their implications for foreign policy and the religious community.

In the Foreword, former President Jimmy Carter states that the book "poses a challenge to diplomats and politicians, religious figures and laypersons, analysts and academics alike." Conceived to help call attention to and reinforce the positive contribution that religious and spiritual influences can bring to peacemaking, this important study offers practical guidelines for the future application of this kind of peacemaking in existing and incipient conflict situations.

Sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, this collection of wide ranging case studies and theoretical pieces shows how religious or spiritual factors can play a helpful role in international relations. This important study is written by a distinguished roster of scholars, with a foreword by Jimmy Carter. Includes six maps.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book brings a refreshing change....Brings badly needed balance into the discussion of religion and international affairs."--Foreign Affairs

"Religion and the passion it generates are a major aspect of our humanity, hence a major force not only in the lives of individuals but in the fate of nations. As the various authors of this edifying book keep reminding us, the aphorism that we don't live by bread alone has enormous political and strategic implications."--Robert Coles, Washington Post Book World

"Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft holds lessons not only for government officials but also for religious leaders willing to take initiatives for peace. It should encourage the growth of diplomatically engaged religion as well as religiously informed diplomacy."--Peter Steinfels, The New York Times

"Eminently readable, provocative, stimulating for specialists in both foreign affairs and religion, Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft must be read by anyone concerned about conflict resolution, and the positive role religion ca play in creating a more peaceful and just world."-Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195102802
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,216,220
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.12 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Johnston is Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Cynthia Sampson is Director of the Research, Religion and Conflict Project, also at CSIS.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Beyond Power Politics 3
2 The Missing Dimension 8
3 Religion and International Affairs 20
4 Franco-German Reconciliation: The Overlooked Role of the Moral Re-Armament Movement 37
5 Religious Conciliation Between the Sandinistas and the East Coast Indians of Nicaragua 64
6 "To Make Real the Bond Between Us All": Quaker Conciliation During the Nigerian Civil War 88
7 At the Front Lines of the Revolution: East Germany's Churches Give Sanctuary and Succor to the Purveyors of Change 119
8 Faith at the Ramparts: The Philippine Catholic Church and the 1986 Revolution 153
9 The Churches and Apartheid in South Africa 177
10 Transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe: The Role of Religious Actors 208
11 Review of the Findings 258
12 World Religions and Conflict Resolution 266
13 Implications for the Foreign Policy Community 285
14 Implications for Religious Communities: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity 306
15 Looking Ahead: Toward a New Paradigm 316
Index 339
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