Transcending Traditional US Foreign Policy: Track Two Diplomacy and the Challenge of Global Religious Diversity
KeywordsIntercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
Religion and World Politics
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Secularism and Secularization
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AbstractThis report was researched and written by Undergraduate Fellows as part of their Spring 2011 class "The Future of Track-Two Diplomacy." In the class, students examined critical case studies and conducted original research organized around student interviews with government and NGO experts, producing a comprehensive policy report about their findings. They studied how traditional interstate diplomacy often misses critical dynamics of global affairs, such as the influences of religion and culture, and they critically examined society-centered "Track-Two diplomacy." The course explored whether and how the United States can more effectively engage civil society abroad to advance foreign policy goals, with a particular focus on how the U.S. government engages religious themes and actors, as well as the role of religiously-inspired peacebuilding.