By Douglas Johnston
For many of the 20th century, the main severe issues of nationwide defense were stability of energy politics and the worldwide fingers race. The assaults of September eleven, 2001 and the causes in the back of them, in spite of the fact that, call for an intensive holiday with this custom. If the us is to be successful in its long term contest with extremist Islam, it'll need to re-evaluate previous assumptions, extend the scope of its considering to incorporate faith and different "irrational" elements, and be prepared to leave from earlier perform. A only army reaction in response to such assaults will easily now not suffice. what's going to be required is a long term technique of cultural engagement, subsidized by way of a deeper figuring out of the way others view the area and what's very important to them. In non-Western cultures, faith is a chief motivation for political activities. traditionally disregarded by way of Western policymakers as a divisive impression, faith in truth has major capability for overcoming the hindrances that bring about paralysis and stalemate. The incorporation of faith as a part of the answer to such difficulties is so simple as it truly is profound. it really is lengthy late. This ebook seems to be at 5 intractable conflicts and explores the potential of drawing on faith as a strength for peace. It builds upon the insights of faith, the lacking size of Statecraft (OUP,1994)--which tested the position that spiritual or religious components can play in combating or resolving conflict--while reaching social switch in line with justice and reconciliation. The world-class authors writing during this quantity recommend how the peacemaking tenets of 5 significant global religions will be strategically utilized in ongoing conflicts during which these religions are concerned. eventually, the commonalities and adjustments among those religions are tested with a watch towards additional purposes in peacemaking and clash solution.
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While commonly referred to in the West as the Yom Kippur War, among Muslims it is known as the Ramadan War. Finally, in 630 ad, Mohammed himself conquered the holy city of Mecca during Ramadan. While none of the foregoing should be viewed as constituting a free license to do as one pleases, it does provide a helpful context for determining how to deal with such questions. The paradigm shift that is evolving as a result of religion’s enhanced role relates in part to the fact that a religious authority’s support for or opposition to a conﬂict is often an inﬂuential factor in determining its outbreak or 13 14 Faith-Based Diplomacy its conclusion.
If the West discovered tolerance at the end of the seventeenth century, Islam can rediscover it in the twenty-ﬁrst. 19 A fourth possibility that is particularly well suited to faith-based diplomacy is third party mediation in conﬂicts where there is no particular religious dimension present. The role played by the lay Catholic community of St. 20 The Quakers and Mennonites often get called on to play this kind of role as well because of their respective track records as peacemakers and the trust which that conveys.
417. 10. Edward Luttwak, “The Missing Dimension,” in Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft, ed. by Douglas Johnston and Cynthia Sampson (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), p. 12. 11. Martin Marty, Introduction to Religion, Ethnicity, and Self-Identity: Nations in Turmoil, ed. by R. : University Press of New England, 1997), p. 10. 12. Douglas M. , “Religion and Foreign Policy,” in Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Religion, Public Policy, and Conﬂict Transformation, ed. by Raymond G.
Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik by Douglas Johnston