"An important and thoughtful book that deserves to be read and considered carefully by policy makers and implementers alike."
"This extraordinary book, which builds upon Dr. Johnston’s seminal work on religion and statecraft, offers new and compelling insights into the foreign policy challenges that lie ahead and how they should be approached. Its unique illumination of the Muslim perspective on world events provides the backdrop for a dramatically different way of perceiving and pursuing international relations. At a critical juncture in our nation’s history, this exceptional work promises to crystallize new and helpful debate among policymakers and foreign policy practitioners alike."
"I consider this to be the best book that has yet been published on how religion can be deployed to improve US-Muslim World relations. It should be required reading for anyone concerned with bringing peace to our war-torn world."
"This book pulls off the huge accomplishment of turning the game completely around. Anyone who doesn’t adopt what it proposes is not being a hard-headed realist. Even those without faith would have to conclude that absent the sophisticated understanding of other world views that Dr. Johnston calls for, we are doomed to the most dangerous kind of blindness. This is the most important foreign policy book I have read in recent years."
"In our struggle with international terrorism, I firmly believe that the United States should not rely solely on its 'hard' power but also employ the many tools of 'soft' power that are available to it. In this regard, Douglas Johnston’s new book provides a pragmatic blueprint, one that relies on building trust and finding common ground between vastly different cultures. If properly applied, this approach can enhance American influence in the efforts to find solutions to this global challenge."
"The name Doug Johnston is synonymous with thoughtful, courageous and honest peace building in many parts of the world. He has given so much of his life to the quest for peace and harmony among nations and ethnic groups. His key is the careful blend of religious beliefs and shared ethical values. The importance of this book is that it presents a blueprint for action based on his years of experience. It is a must for those who work to end conflicts, great and small, in our society."
"Using his extensive experience and deep knowledge of religion and diplomacy, Douglas Johnston has provided an outstanding book that offers a unique approach to today’s problems of war, humanitarian concerns, and international relations. His prescriptions reflect our own national religious heritage as well as an understanding of other faiths around the globe. It should be read by those responsible for making or implementing foreign policy, as well as by anyone interested in promoting peace and understanding in a troubled world."
"Douglas Johnston was much ahead of his time in anticipating the explosive revival of religious conflict (Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft, 1994). With this book, he is leading the way once again, this time to the mitigation of religious conflict."
"Douglas Johnston was extraordinarily prescient in seeing the role religious energies and identities would play in the post-Cold War world. And he is both a visionary and a distinctively skilled practitioner of how an informed and pragmatic understanding of religion in human lives and cultures must be integrated into a 21st Century version of Realpolitik. This book is an engrossing introduction to what he has been doing and learning just below the cultural radar for decades. It is a great gift to policymakers and citizens alike."