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The role of religon in diplomacy
Religion and Theology
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Name of author: Faith and diplomacy According to Samuel Huntington, “The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future” (Huntington, p.22). In other words, majority of the current global conflicts are cultural disputes and it is difficult to solve such disputes with the help of political diplomacy.
In other words, in dialogues between diplomats of two clashing parties, each side will try to safeguard their interests as much as possible. In faith based diplomacy such adamant approaches may not be there. One of the prominent advocates of faith based diplomacy is former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright who is teaching at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service at present. In her recent article, “Faith and Diplomacy”, she stressed the necessities of the involvement of religion in making foreign policies of a country. This paper critically analyses the views of Madeleine Albright. According to Albright, “Religion is a powerful force, but its impact depends entirely on what it inspires people to do. The challenge for policy-makers is to harness the unifying potential of faith, while containing its capacity to divide” (Albright, p.3). Faith inflected diplomacy proposed by Albright has many advantages and disadvantages. Majority of the global conflicts are culturally motivated rather than politically motivated. So, cultural elements such as beliefs, ideals, customs, etc should be given more prominence while settling cultural disputes. East West institute also supported the ideas proposed by Albright. “U.S. ...
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