Strategic Engagement and Religious Peace-building: a case study of religious peace work in Jerusalem
Wang, Yvonne Margaretha (2014)
Wang, Yvonne Margaretha
The Donner Institute, Åbo Akademi
Yvonne Margaretha Wang is an Associate- Professor at Volda University College, at the Faculty of Humanities- --and Education. Her interests are focused on religions in the Middle East and interfaith dialogue within the scope of conflict resolution theory. She has published her thesis on religious peacebuilding in Jerusalem.
This article argues for the importance of a dialogue for strategic engagement and presents an analytical approach to it with reference to three different peacebuilding strategies in terms of conflict resolution theories. As a case study example, the article presents three religious organizations engaged in peacebuilding in Jerusalem and explores the different strategies utilized by them. The article further argues that each single strategy possesses a danger of going wrong, at the same time as each single strategy is a vital component as part of a parallel process along with the others – to achieve the common goal of conflict transformation.