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ISBN-13: 978-0195102802 ISBN-10: 0195102800 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 19, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195102800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195102802
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book brings a refreshing change....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."--Robert Coles, 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."--Peter Steinfels, The New York Times


"Eminently readable, provocative, stimulating for specialists in both foreign affairs and religion, Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft must be read by anyone concerned about conflict resolution, and the positive role religion ca play in creating a more peaceful and just world."-Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies


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Douglas Johnston is Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Cynthia Sampson is Director of the Research, Religion and Conflict Project, also at CSIS.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John T. Henry on November 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Question: How might religion and spirituality play a positive role in the work of diplomacy?

When a friend in Washington, D.C. recommended I read Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft, I hesitated. I shouldn't have waited. This book is a series of theoretical chapters and case studies, which illuminate the effect of a sacred-secular dichotomy in public life and religious life in the United States. It shows how American diplomats have been unwilling or unable to understand the influence of religion in peace-making the past several decades.

Douglas Johnston shows how the role of religion in peacemaking is mostly unnoticed because religious mediators typically avoid attention from the media.

Conflict resolution is chronicled in post WWII France and Germany, Nicaragua in the mid-1980s, Nigeria in the Biafran civil war, East Germany's peaceful transition from communism, South Africa's journey to the end of apartheid, and more. These case study chapters show how, in each of these conflicts, there were faithful Christian leaders serving as peacemakers. These mediators paid close attention to the role of religion in the peace negotiations.

Finally, after surveying the track record of the US foreign policy establishment's attention to spirituality, a few chapters explore the implications of the case studies. For today's Christian leader, this book is a useful resource to seriously examine the challenges faced in envisioning how we might partner with political leaders to realize the fuller potential of peacemaking.

However, this kind of diplomacy must not become publicized. It's best left to the quiet negotiators, the true peace-makers.
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Amazon sometimes eats reviews when editions change. I bought and read this at the same time that I bought and read the same author's book on "Faith-Based Diplomacy," and I just want to say, after reading the books and also hearing him speak, he is on to something very very important. I believe that we need an Undersecretary of State for Cultural and Religious Affairs just as we need an Undesecretary of State for Democracy and an Undersecretary of Defense for Peacekeeping. America is completely out of touch with the world, and genuine faith, not the American Fascist faith of the fundamentalist right, is a compelling moral advantage that we have lost sight of.

Here are some other books I recommend:
Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik
God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It (Plus)
The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right
The Republican War on Science
Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Gorsurh on November 17, 1999
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Many examples of Christians working, such as in Eastern Germany just after the wall came down. Very surprising. These are instances not reported by the press of actions for which the Christians sought to avoid media attention.
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