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Faith-Based Diplomacy Trumping Realpolitik

Douglas Johnston


For most of the twentieth century, the most critical concerns of national security have been balance-of-power politics and the global arms race. The religious conflicts of this era and the motives behind them, however, demand a radical break with this tradition. Such situations call for a long-term strategy of cultural engagement and an understanding of how others view the world. In non-Western cultures, religion is a primary motivation for political actions. Historically dismissed by Western policymakers as a divisive influence, religion has significant potential for overcoming the obstacles ... More

Keywords: national security, politics, religious conflicts, cultural engagement, non-Western cultures, religion, Western policymakers, peace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Johnston, author