"A timely and welcome reminder to politicians, pundits, and the public: peace processes involve more than resolving conflicting interests and require the presence of justice. As Boyd-Judson suggests in four compelling case studies, just solutions to complex and dangerous conflicts are possible when antagonists are able to comprehend not only each other's vital interests but also the particular moral values behind those interests."
“Lyn Boyd-Judson’s fine book draws on fascinating, well-presented case studies—involving Iran, Libya, Haiti and Zimbabwe—to show that it is smart diplomacy to take seriously the moral concerns of one’s adversary and to address them pragmatically. Drawing on deep knowledge of the cases and on original comparative arguments, Boyd-Judson provides a balanced and nuanced assessment of when and how moral considerations shape international negotiation."
"After defining "strategic moral diplomacy" as involving the acknowledgment of an enemy's moral universe as valid per philosopher Barbara Hermann's rules of moral salience, Boyd-Judson (U. of Southern California Institute for Humanities and Ethics) presents case studies addressing key questions regarding moral justification of positions in international conflicts. Based on interviews with negotiators and other participants, case studies discussed include the exile of the Shah of Iran (1979), negotiations with Libya's Qaddafi over the plane downing in Lockerbie (1997), and appropriations of land in Zimbabwe (1980-2000)."
"Lyn Boyd-Judson has addressed a major issue of our times -- Inclusive vs. Exclusive Diplomacy. She debates the benefits of allowing an adversary his own 'moral universe,' and concludes that utilizing inclusive diplomacy creates greater space for negotiations and softens adversarial 'positions.' Dr. Boyd-Judson’s vast policy experience coupled with her impeccable training in Political Science has produced a volume that is both highly readable, pertinent, and academically sound. Scholars and practitioners alike will find tremendous food for thought in Dr. Boyd-Judson’s work!"