Dr. Douglas Johnston was the speaker for the 2013-2014 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series on January 14, 2014.
How should the United States deal with the jihadist challenge and other religious imperatives that permeate today’s geopolitical landscape? Dr. Johnston argues that what is required is a longer-term strategy of cultural engagement, backed by a deeper understanding of how religion informs the world views and political aspirations of others. He discusses how religious considerations can be incorporated into the practice of U.S. foreign policy, and describes how the United States should realign itself to deal more effectively with the causal factors underlying religious extremism.
Dr. Johnston served in senior positions in the public and private sectors, including five years at Harvard University where he taught international affairs and founded the Executive Program in National and International Security. His most recent assignment was as Executive Vice President and COO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Johnston is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an MPA and a PhD in political science from Harvard University.
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