Religion and Security: The New Nexus in International Relations focuses on a groundbreaking theme. In global security today, religion is not only part of the problem but also part of the solution. This book explores positive nexus points between religion and security, paying particular attention to the resources within the Abrahamic faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that foster sustainable peace. Religion and Security is a lively and insightful collection of analyses by distinguished scholars and practitioners in security, diplomacy, conflict resolution, human rights and theology. As states and nongovernmental organizations alike reconsider their strategies for being relevant in the 21st century, this book provides a practical framework through which both can work toward reducing violence and promoting human dignity. Divided into four parts, Religion and Security addresses themes of war and terrorism, pluralism and stability, military intervention and conflict resolution, and religious freedom and civil society. It underscores a crucial irony: nations that violate religious human rights in the name of "security" will ultimately be vulnerable to a number of significant threats to stability. This volume is a timely guide to the intersection of religion and security for human rights organizations, security experts, scholars of religion and politics, government and non-government staffers and decision-makers, and students in the disciplines of international affairs.
Robert A. Seiple was U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from 1998-2000, after which he founded the Institute for Global Engagement. Author of Ambassadors of Hope , he teaches in the Templeton Honors College, Eastern University. Dennis R. Hoover is vice president for research and publications at the Institute for Global Engagement. A graduate of Oxford University (D.Phil. in Politics), he directs the Council on Faith & International Affairs and edits The Brandywine Review.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction: Religion Gets Real Part 3 Section I: Religion and (In)Security: The 21st Century Challenge Chapter 4 Religion and War in the 21st Century Chapter 5 The Politics of Persecuted Religious Minorities Chapter 6 Uzbekistan and the Central Asian Crucible of Religion and Security Part 7 Section II: Perspectives on Pluralism: Making a World Safe for Diversity Chapter 8 Choosing Exclusion or Embrace: An Abrahamic Theological Perspective Chapter 9 Truth, Pluralism, and Religious Diplomacy: A Christian Dialogical Perspective Chapter 10 Pluralism and the "People of the Book": An Islamic Faith Perspective Part 11 Section III: Into the Breach: Restoring Sustainable Security Chapter 12 Military Intervention and Justice as Equal Regard Chapter 13 When the Fighting Stops: Healing Hearts with Spiritual Peacemaking Part 14 Section IV: Religious Freedom and Security: The Civil Society Nexus Chapter 15 Neither Sacred Nor Secular: A Public Anthropology of Human Dignity, Religious Freedom, and Security Chapter 16 Relational Realism: Toward a New Political Paradign for Security Chapter 17 Conclusion: A Lively Experiment, A Most Flourishing Civil State