Noted international scholars from a range of disciplines present in this book Japanese and East Asian perspectives on the changed prospects for international peace post September 11. Because East Asia has not been preoccupied with the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the authors’ views serve as a balance to the war on terror declared in the United States.
The book begins with chapters that explore the attacks from an historical perspective, and discuss whether they were indeed watershed events that changed the world. Further chapters explore pacifism in philosophy and religion through Kant, Christianity, Islam and constitutional pacifism in postwar Japan. The concluding chapters discuss concrete ways to move toward peace in the twenty-first century.
Scholars of international studies and politics, the Middle East and religion will find this insightful book a valuable addition to their library.
PART I: PEACE AND WAR AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
1. Peace Issues in the ‘Post-9/11’ World
2. War and Peace in an Age of Terror and State Terrorism
3. Searching for Peace in a World of Terrorism and State Terrorism
4. Diaspora, Empire, Resistance: Peace and the Subaltern as Rupture(s) and Repetition(s)
Lester Edwin J. Ruiz
PART II: PACIFISM, PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION
5. Kant and Anti-War Pacifism: The Political Theory of the Post-9/11 World
6. Christian Pacifism After 9/11: A Mennonite Perspective
7. The Problem of Peace and World Order in an Islamic Context: The Case of Modern Japan
8. On Constitutional Pacifism in Post-War Japan: Its Theoretical Meanings
PART III: TOWARD PEACE DIPLOMACY, PACIFISM, AND PEACE MOVEMENTS TODAY
9. Upon What Principles Should Foreign Policy Be Based in the 21st Century?
Thomas J. Schoenbaum
10. Foreign Policy Pragmatism and Peace Movement Moralism: Can the Gap be Bridged – or Tertium Non Datur?
11. Globalization and the 21st Century US Peace Movement
12. A Peaceful Superpower: The Movement Against War in Iraq