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On the Significance of Religion for Global Diplomacy

Philip McDonagh Kishan Manocha John Neary Lucia Vazquez Mendoza



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05 November 2020
Religion: general; Religion & politics; Politics & government
What could it mean, in terms of strengthening multilateral diplomacy, if the UN, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union, and other regional diplomatic frameworks engaged more creatively with a religious perspective?

In this ground-breaking volume it is argued that international organisations, backed by governments, can and should use their convening power to initiate new, multi-layered frameworks of engagement, inclusive of the representatives of religion. This can make multilateralism more fit for purpose and have a major impact over time on our planetary future.

The book is divided into an introduction and six chapters:

Towards a culture of encounter inclusive of the world's religious traditions Structural questions in 21st-century diplomacy Knowing what we ought to know: the issues that face 21st-century diplomacy Towards the global objective of a common peace for humanity Understanding how change happens The diplomacy of the two standards The development of new frameworks of engagement A brief outline is offered of what an all-European initiative - an agora for Europe - might look like if, in the 2020s, there were the political will to inaugurate a European regional process reflecting the orientation and methodology proposed in the book.

Combining cutting-edge research and reflection, with concrete recommendations for academics, religious actors, policy makers, and practitioners, this concise and accessible volume helps to build bridges between these oftentimes separated spheres of engagement.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
By:   Philip McDonagh, Kishan Manocha, John Neary, Lucia Vazquez Mendoza
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9780367514341
ISBN 10:   0367514346
Series:   Religion Matters
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   05 November 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Summary and Recommendations to Governments, International Organisations, and Civil Society Introduction: Towards a Culture of Encounter Inclusive of the World's Religious Traditions Chapter One: Structural Questions in 21st-Century Diplomacy Chapter Two: Knowing What We Ought to Know: The Issues That Face 21st-Century Diplomacy Chapter Three: Towards the Global Objective of a Common Peace for Humanity Chapter Four: Understanding How Change Happens Chapter Five: The Diplomacy of The Two Standards Chapter Six: The Development of New Frameworks of Engagement Epilogue: An Agora for Europe?

Philip McDonagh, a former ambassador, is Adjunct Professor and Director of the Centre for Religion, Human Values, and International Relations at Dublin City University, Ireland, and Distinguished Global Fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, USA. Kishan Manocha is Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland. John Neary, a former ambassador, is Adjunct Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland. Lucia Vazquez Mendoza is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology, Maynooth University, Ireland.

Reviews for On the Significance of Religion for Global Diplomacy

More often seen as a source of conflict, religion is generally overlooked as a potential resource in promoting global diplomacy. The 2019 Abu Dhabi document on Human Fraternity signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam pointed towards a new international dialogue on the values that bind us and the common human desire for peace. This fascinating book plunges deep into that dialogue and gives us hope for a future where the engagement between religions, global politics and human rights can push us into a new and more reassuring era. - Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland In this moment of fractured politics and dissolving ethics, renewed attention to religion as a source of unity is a bold and much needed initiative. The tradition is long and the ideas are inspiring. This volume provides a practical guide to creating a new dialogue suited to the distinct challenges of the 21st century. - Joel H. Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

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