This book looks at five intractable conflicts and explores the possibility of drawing on religion as a force for peace. It builds upon the insights from ICRD Founder/President Emeritus, Dr. Douglas Johnston’s landmark book, Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft (OUP, 1994) – which examined the role that religious or spiritual factors can play in preventing or resolving conflict – while achieving social change based on justice and reconciliation. The world-class authors writing in this volume suggest how the peacemaking tenets of five major world religions can be strategically applied in ongoing conflicts in which those religions are involved. Finally, the commonalities and differences between these religions are examined with an eye toward further applications in peacemaking and conflict resolution.
“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 distruction, and sucidal terrorism, Faith-Based Diplomacy is a compelling and intellectually sound piece of work that bravely points the way toward a more promising future.” -Zbigniew K. Brzezinski, Former US National Security Adviser
“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 expel that devil.” -Rajmohan Gandhi