Whilst populist movements have shown to be able to exploit sacral tradition, regal and religious institutions can equally employ resources to oppose populist agendas
Author profile: John A. Rees
There is little that concerns IR that does not involve elements of religion or culture, or both. Understanding them is necessary if you want to join some of the most important discussions about world politics today.
Whilst the ISIS effect will not disappear overnight, the power to doubt the divine sanction of a failing movement is significant.
Even a cursory glance at IR and related disciplines prior to 9/11 will reveal a body of work interested in religion as a political theme of primary importance.
The habit of homogenising religious political behaviour only leads to sloppy thinking disconnected from the evidence of how really existing religious citizens act
Whilst the study of religion adds value to our understanding of world affairs, the opposite is also true: the concepts of IR add value to our understanding of religion
It’s time for IR scholars and policy makers to let go of the use of the term ‘theocracy’ to explain the dynamics of religion-led politics worldwide.
Vatican diplomacy of recent years reflects what could arguably be known as ‘the Francis paradox’
There are many healthy debates on religion and foreign policy, but there is still more to say about the nuances of religion at play in the international sphere.
The memorialisation of ANZAC in Australia shows that faith tradition can add depth of memory to sovereign self-understanding, even in secular states.
Most often, what we think we know about the predictabilities of religious behavior is confounded by political events and the role that religious actors play within them.
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