Pre-Parliament Event: Barrytown, NY, USA
May 23, 2009

Faith-based Diplomacy

Bridging the Religious Divide

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Douglas Johnston

President and Founder
International Center for Religion and Diplomacy

Religion: The Missing Dimension of Statecraft

Madrasa Enhancement and Global Security: A Model for Faith-based Engagement


Dr. Johnston is a distinguished graduate of the US Naval Academy and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. He has a broad range of executive experience in government, academia, the military and the private sector, starting with ten years in the submarine service where, at the age of 27, he was the youngest officer in the US Navy to qualify for command of a nuclear submarine.

Among his assignments in government, Dr. Johnston was a planning officer in the President's Office of Emergency Preparedness, Director of Policy Planning and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. In academia, he taught international affairs and security at Harvard University and was the founder and first director of the Kennedy School's Executive Program in National and International Security.

Most recently, Dr. Johnston served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Among his other duties, he chaired the CSIS programs on maritime studies and on preventive diplomacy.

Dr. Johnston has edited and authored several books, including Religion: The Missing Dimension of Statecraft (Oxford University Press, 1994); Foreign Policy into the 21st Century: The U.S. Leadership Challenge (CSIS, 1996); and Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Dr. Johnston's hands-on experience in the political/military arena coupled with his work in preventive diplomacy, has guided the work of ICRD since its inception. His deep interest in religion and conflict resolution stems from his extensive involvement with the National Prayer Breakfast fellowship.

"Life is a miracle and should be treated as such."
Dr. Douglas Johnston

Click here to read an article about Dr. Johnston in Christianity Today Magazine.





Steering Committee Members:

-Paul Rajan--Anglican
-Rev. Chris Antal--Unitarian
-Dr. Mark D. Isaacs--Lutheran
-Somayaji S.--Hindu
-Rev. Eric Sylte--Unificationist
-Chippo Muzorewa--Methodist
-Dr. Glenda L. Davila--Catholic




Location, Date & Time:

Unification Theological Seminary
Lecture Hall 1
30 Seminary Drive
Barrytown, NY 12507

Saturday May 23, 2009
10 AM to 12 PM





Paul Rajan
UTS Director of Interfaith Development
Phone: (845) 389 7216
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