These books explore the positive role that religious or spiritual factors can play in preventing or resolving conflict, while advancing social change based on justice and reconciliation. They also make a strong case for incorporating religious considerations into the practice of international politics.

Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings

This text provides academicians and practitioners alike with a broad selection of penetrating articles by world-class scholars on religion and global politics that range across generations, cultures, and world views—from St. Augustine and Thucydides on the one hand to Reinhold Niebuhr and Peter Berger on the other (and many others in between).

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Religion, Terror and Error: US Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement

This book achieves three important goals: (1) It shows how religious considerations can be incorporated into the practice of U.S. foreign policy; (2) it offers a successor to the rational-actor model of decision-making that accommodates non-state actors and “non-rational” factors like religion; and (3) it suggests a new leadership paradigm that will serve the United States better in the multi-polar world that awaits. In describing how the United States should realign itself to deal more effectively with the causal factors underlying religious extremism, this innovative treatise explains how existing capabilities can be redirected to respond to the challenge and identifies additional capabilities that will be needed to complete the task. Religion, Terror, and Error won the 2011 Book of the Year award: first place for Political Science and third place for Religion.

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National Press Club Book Event

On June 23, 2011 the International Correspondents Committee, National Press Club hosted a major book event featuring Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement. Dr. Johnston was joined by the event moderator Sally Quinn, a renowned columnist from the Washington Post, and a distinguished panel consisting of The Honorable Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General, The Honorable James K. Glassman, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (and former President of The Atlantic Monthly) and Rev. David McAllister-Wilson, President of Wesley Seminary.

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Madrasa Enhancement and Global Security: A Model for Faith-based Engagement

This monograph is an in-depth look at the principles, methodology, and accomplishments to date of ICRD’s Pakistan Madrasa Project and charts the course for taking it to scale throughout the country. It also provides a model for similar reform elsewhere.

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Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader

In 2008, ICRD board member John Kiser authored Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader, a biography of an Arab freedom fighter who was one of the 19th century’s most admired figures.

Following the book’s publication, an essay competition on the vision and personality of El-Kader has been developed for students.

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Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik

Published in 2003 by Oxford University Press, this book is a sequel to Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft.  World-class scholars from five major world religions suggest how the peacemaking tenets of their respective religions can be strategically applied to ongoing conflicts in which their particular religions are currently involved.  The commonalities and differences between these religions in relation to peacemaking and conflict resolution are also examined, with an eye toward further applications.

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Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft

This book, which was published by Oxford University Press in 1994, quickly became required reading at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and has been incorporated as a course text in numerous colleges, universities, and seminaries around the world.  It was also the subject of favorable reviews in more than 60 prestigious journals and periodicals, including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and the London Financial Times.  In 1999, it was selected by Sapio (Japan’s equivalent of Time Magazine) as one of the 10 most important books to read in preparing for the 21st Century. The book is now in its 15th printing.

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