Book Endorsements & Reviewer Comments

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

“In our struggle with international terrorism, I firmly believe that the United States should not rely solely on its ‘hard’ power but should also employ the many tools of ‘soft’ power that are available to it. In this regard, Douglas Johnston’s new book provides a pragmatic blueprint, one that relies on building trust and finding common ground between vastly different cultures. If properly applied, this approach can enhance American influence in the efforts to find solutions to this global challenge.”

– James A. Baker, III
61st U.S. Secretary of State

“This extraordinary book, which builds upon Dr. Johnston’s seminal work on religion and statecraft, offers new and compelling insights into the foreign policy challenges that lie ahead and how they should be approached. Its unique illumination of the Muslim perspective on world events provides the backdrop for a dramatically different way of perceiving and pursuing international relations. At a critical juncture in our nation’s history, this exceptional work promises to crystallize new and helpful debate among policymakers and foreign policy practitioners alike.”

– Dr. Amos Jordan President Emeritus
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Formerly served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

“I consider this to be the best book that has yet been published on how religion can be deployed to improve U.S.-Muslim World relations. It should be required reading for anyone concerned with bringing peace to our war-torn world.”

– Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Founder, The Cordoba Initiative, Author of What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West

“This book pulls off the huge accomplishment of turning the game completely around. Anyone who doesn’t adopt what it proposes is not being a hard-headed realist. Even those without faith would have to conclude that absent the sophisticated understanding of other world views that Dr. Johnston calls for, we are doomed to the most dangerous kind of blindness. This is the most important foreign policy book I have read in recent years.”

– Dr. Stanton Burnett
Former Counselor and Director of European Affairs, U.S. Information Agency
Coauthor of the award-winning book, The Italian Guillotine: Operation Clean Hands and the Overthrow of Italy’s First Republic

Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik

“In a world that is burdened by an ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor, deadly conflicts of identity, permeable international borders, weapons of mass destruction, and suicidal terrorism, Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik is a compelling and intellectually sound piece of work that bravely points the way toward a more promising future.”

– Dr. Zbigniew K. Brezezinski
Former U.S. National Security Adviser

“Since I first read Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft, I have constantly commended its timely message about the significance of the religious dimension for world stability.  I commend equally warmly this new volume edited by Douglas Johnston, Faith-based Diplomacy:  Trumping Realpolitik, with its invaluable case-studies of some of the most difficult areas of conflict in the world.  This is priority reading for political and religious leaders alike.”

– George Carey
Former Archbishop of Canterbury

“I have always been optimistic that the 21st century will be distinguished by a renewal of faith and a better understanding between world religions.  This book reinforces my view, and if politicians act on it they will benefit from the gifts of religion, which God has ordained for the sole interest of mankind.”

– His Eminence Ahmad Kuftaro
Then Grand Mufti of Syria

“In his earlier work Douglas Johnston has shown that one ignores the religious factor in international relations at one’s peril.  In this new book he shows how, in specific situations, religious institutions can serve to mediate conflict and prevent violence.  The book is an innovative and useful contribution.  It merits a wide readership.”

– Peter Berger
Professor of Sociology and Religion

“Some have concluded that religion plays the devil in its contribution to conflict in different parts of the world.  This study, however, shows how religious men and women of conflicting traditions can help expel that devil.”

– Rajmohan Gandhi
Former member of the Indian Senate

Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft

“This book brings a refreshing change….The editors’ concluding comments try not to overstate the positive role of religion, but the book 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.”

– 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.”

– The New York Times

“It is evident that many situations around the world today are profoundly affected by religious factors. While religious differences often stimulate or worsen confrontation, paradoxically the spiritual commonalities deep within all faiths promise a way to reconciliation. This book should serve to promote inter-religious understanding and add to the tools that diplomacy can employ for peace.”

– Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Then Secretary General, the United Nations

“We have witnessed so much violence, war and death in the name of `religion’ in recent years, that we may overlook many instances around the world when the unifying power of true religious faith has helped heal differences and facilitated peace. Doug Johnston’s Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft is an important book bringing together respected scholars to document these successful efforts. Those, both in and out of governments, who seek non-violent ways to reconcile differences will find useful insights into the potential of these religious peacemakers.”

– Sam Nunn
Then Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

“A splendid piece of writing that makes a major contribution to the fields of international relations, diplomacy, conflict resolution, religion and peacebuilding. This book breaks new ground and is must reading.”

– Ambassador John W. McDonald
Chairman, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

“To transform the world, one cannot focus just on nuts and bolts. Our central challenge is to overcome the global crisis of the spirit. That is why Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft is both timely and extremely important.”

– Zbigniew Brzezinski
Former U.S. National Security Adviser

“Thank God for this new introduction to the religious sphere and its reconciliatory power over the great areas of conflict in our world. I hope that Europe will soon have reached this stage.”

– Cardinal Dr. Franz Konig
Former Archbishop of Vienna

“This book provides scholarly backing for the suspicion that a religious spirit may have nurtured some of the unlikely political handshakes occurring in the modern world. I commend it to those who think they are religious as well as those who are glad they are not.”

– Rajmohan Gandhi
Former member of the Indian Senate

“This review carries not only a recommendation for reading Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft, but also for adopting it as a textbook or personal resource for serious study.” (Link here to read the full book review)

– The Army Chaplaincy


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