Dr. Douglas M. Johnston is president and founder
of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.
Dr. Johnston is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval
Academy and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration
and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.
He has served in senior positions in government, business,
academia, and the military. Among his government assignments,
he has been deputy assistant secretary of the navy (manpower);
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 affairs and security at Harvard and was the
founder and director of the university’s Executive Program
in National and International Security. Dr. Johnston served
for ten years in the submarine service 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 Chief Operating Officer of the Center for
Strategic and International Studies. In addition to other
duties, he chaired the Center’s Preventive Diplomacy
Program and directed the CSIS project on Religion and Conflict
Resolution. In this latter capacity, he was co-editor and
principal author of Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft
(Oxford University Press, 1994), a path-breaking work now
in its thirteenth printing and second foreign language translation.
He also edited and was principal author of Foreign Policy
into the 21st Century: the U.S. Leadership Challenge (CSIS,
1996) and Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik (Oxford
University Press, 2003).