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Douglas M. Johnston is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Wheatley Institution as well as President and founder of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy.
A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Johnston holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and has served in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Among his government assignments, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Director of Policy Planning and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and planning officer with the President’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. He has taught courses in international security at Harvard and was the founding director of the University’s Executive Program in National and International Security. Dr. Johnston is a Captain in the Naval Reserve and, at the age of 27, was the youngest officer in the Navy to qualify for command of a nuclear submarine.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Johnston served as Executive Vice President and COO of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. In addition to his managerial duties, he chaired the Center’s Preventive Diplomacy Program and its Maritime Studies Program. His publications include Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft (1994); Foreign Policy into the 21st Century: the U.S. Leadership Challenge (1996); Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik (2003); Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement (2011 Book of the Year Award); and Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings (2012).
Dr. Johnston's hands-on experience in the political/military arena coupled with his work in preventive diplomacy, has guided the work of ICRD since its inception. In 2007, he received the Founding Spirit Award from The Washington Times at its 25th anniversary celebration and in 2008 was identified in a leading Christian journal as “The Father of Faith-based Diplomacy.” More recently, he was recipient of the 2011 International Trustbuilder Award from Initiatives of Change International.
Dr. Johnston believes that “life is a miracle and should be treated as such.”