Faith-Based Diplomacy: A Pathway to Marginalizing Al-Qa'ida
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The U.S. government, influenced by a secular tradition of separating church and state, is challenged by the intersections between the role of religion in foreign policy and the demand to deal with faith-based tensions and significant conflicts around the world, particularly al-Qaida. The U.S. policy approach to al-Qaida and religious extremism over the last twelve years is an approach that overwhelmingly omits faith-based diplomacy. This paper examines a faith-based policy approach to defeating al-Qaida first, addressing shortfalls and limitations in past and current National Security Strategy second, characterizing the current global nature of the al-Qaida organization, including its theology and ideology and, third, recommending faith-based policy initiatives, including the advocacy for greater U.S. policy and strategy emphasis on the promotion of religious freedom worldwide.
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History
- Unconventional Warfare