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The Dignity of Difference: Avoiding the Clash of Civilizations

June 27, 2013 · Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks

Religion has become a decisive force in the contemporary world, and it is crucial that it be a force for good— for conflict resolution, not conflict creation. If religion is not part of the solution, then it will surely ...

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Public Theology and Democracy’s Future

October 2, 2004 · Max L. Stackhouse

The 9th Annual Templeton Lecture On Religion and World Affairs  The defeat of fascism, the victory of anti-colonial movements, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 20th century made it appear possible that democracy would spread ...

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The New Jihad and Islamic Tradition

October 2, 2003 · John Kelsay

On October 21, 2001, Usama bin Ladin issued a statement via al-Jazeera television. With U.S.-led military action underway in Afghanistan, bin Ladin spoke about the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. “God Almighty hit the United ...

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What the U.S. Needs to Promote in Iraq (Hint: It’s Not Democratization per se)

May 1, 2003 · Walter A. McDougall

A Reason to Get Up in the Morning After the collapse of the Soviet Union deprived us of our enemy (in Colin Powell’s words), veteran defense officials and intellectuals confessed to a certain nostalgia for the Cold War. Back ...

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From MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) to MUD (Multilateral Unconstrained Disruption): Dealing with the New Terrorism

February 27, 2003 · Stephen Gale, Lawrence Husick

Al Qaeda’s actions on September 11, 2001, demonstrated the use of a new form of warfare, requiring relatively modest resources and aimed at achieving maximum disruption of the morale and the economic core of Western society. Unlike the attacks ...

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Cold War II

October 1, 2001 · Walter A. McDougall

The first Cold War crept in slowly and was not at all evident to most average Americans when President Truman addressed a joint session of Congress in March 1947. No U.S. forces overseas, much less the United States itself, ...

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September 11: Before and After

October 1, 2001 · Adam Garfinkle

Before we can see clearly the way ahead from the horrible events of September 11, we need to look backward to sources— for if we do not understand how these events came about, we will be hard pressed to ...

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Models of Humanitarian Intervention: Assessing the Past and Discerning the Future

August 1, 2001 · James Kurth

We have been asked to consider four models of intervention. These are defined along a continuum consisting of (1) abstention, or no military intervention at all (Rwanda); (2) relief of the disaster without addressing its political causes (the policy ...

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The Question of Humanitarian Intervention: A Conference Report

June 23, 2001 · Michael P. Noonan

On 12-13 February 2001, the Foreign Policy Research Institute hosted a major conference on the question of humanitarian intervention and its implications for American foreign policy. The conference brought together prominent scholars, journalists, and retired military professionals to examine ...

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Religion and International Peacemaking

March 27, 2001 · David Smock

Of the many facets to the relationship between religion and domestic and international politics, I want to devote most of my attention today to the role of religion in international peacemaking. But even as I focus on this positive ...

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