Douglas Johnston —
Diplomacy and Religion in the 21st Century

The greatest threat in the post-Cold War world, says Douglas Johnston, is the prospective marriage of religious extremism with weapons of mass destruction. Yet the U.S. spends most of its time, resources, and weapons fighting the symptoms of this threat, not the cause. The diplomacy of the future, he is showing, must engage religion as part of the strategic solution to global conflicts.

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is president and founder of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. He's the co-editor of Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft.

Selected Readings

What Iranians Want Americans to Know about Iran

There were no Iranians or Shiite Muslims among the attackers on 9/11.
Iran was the first Islamic country to condemn the 9/11 attacks.
Iran cooperated with U.S. and coalition forces to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have never been friends of Iran, and Iran has never funded or supported either group. Arab countries supposedly friendly to the U.S. have provided major sources of funding for both.

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Working for Peace in Foreign Lands

Johnston's work has taken him to faraway places, inluding Pakistan, Sudan, and Iran. View some of the people and places he's seen over the years.

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Unheard Cuts

Editing is good, but sometimes there's something to be said for just hearing the conversation that took place in the moment. Here's your chance to listen to Krista's complete, unedited conversation with Johnston. We've also selected a couple additional segments that were left on the cutting room floor.

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A student of Jamia Binoria-AL-Almia seminary briefs Herald Jacoby and Douglas Johnston during a visit to madrasas in Karachi, Pakistan on August 6, 2006.

Photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images

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