To Make the Earth Whole: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy in an Age of Religious Militancy (Hardback)
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To Make the Earth Whole: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy in an Age of Religious Militancy (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 15/06/2009
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To Make the Earth Whole studies the art of citizen diplomacy-a process that can address clashes of religion and culture across regional lines even when traditional negotiations between governments can fail. Using a five-year experiment in Syria as the central case study, Marc Gopin outlines the way to create community across lines of enmity, the social network theory to explain how this happens, and the long-term vision required for a progressive but inclusive global community that respects religious communities even as it limits their coercive power over others.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742558625
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 237 x 161 x 24 mm


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Marc Gopin-a veteran and seasoned practitioner of citizen diplomacy-has written an important book, that reminds policymakers and non-policymakers alike of the critical role that ordinary people can and do play in helping to resolve conflicts. By setting in motion, in his words, a 'constellation of relationships, cultural gestures and communications', citizen diplomats literally can bring walls of mistrust and hatred tumbling down. Gopin's book focuses on the most challenging arena of all, religious militancy, and brings forth lessons learned that are well worth assimilating in our current diplomacy. -- Daniel Kurtzer, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel
Rabbi Marc Gopin heartens peacemakers by showing how relationships forged across the fault lines of religion emphasize faith's power to be part of the solution when it is part of the problem, and create bonds of hope against the divisive demon of despair. -- Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, American Society for Muslim Advancement
When Mark Gopin, a peacemaker and a rabbi, found himself speaking to 3,000 congregants at the great mosque in Aleppo with the Grand Mufti of Syria by his side, he knew that something very special was happening. To Make the Earth Whole is a profoundly moving and gripping account of one man's attempt to practice citizen diplomacy in an unlikely and dangerous environment. More than that, it is a brilliant brief for peacemaking by inspired practitioners able to heal shattered relationships by building new social and spiritual networks. Gopin's tone is wise and personal: the voice of a modern sage. His book makes one understand that there is no real conflict between worldly realism and radical hope. -- Richard E. Rubenstein, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Gopin's effort to bring his religious work into conflict resolution makes an interesting read. . . . Recommended. * CHOICE, March 2010 *
To say this is a case-study of 'citizen diplomacy'-itself a far too bland description of what is going on here-is to miss the other virtues of this work. It is at once a study of the role in militant religion in intractable conflicts, a look inside the complexity of contemporary Syria and Syrian-U.S. and Israeli relations, a primer on social network theory, a sophisticated discussion of the ethics of third parties who are outsiders to other peoples' deadly conflicts and, like so much of Gopin's work, a deeply felt account of his life's journey in peacemaking and peacebuilding. Margaret Mead once wrote, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' In describing his own efforts and those of a remarkable group of individuals in the Middle East and elsewhere, Marc Gopin has written a book that shows both the truth of that statement and offers insight into how it is done. -- Kevin Avruch, George Mason University
This is a case study in citizen diplomacy, defined as the attempt by private citizens to develop relationships with people in countries that are hostile toward one's own country.....It can in time help to humanize an enemy. Gopin writes out his own five-year experiment in bridge building with religious extremists in Syria. * The Christian Century *

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