The Religion Gap – With John A. Rees

The Religion Gap examines the role of religious actors and interests in the events of world politics and in the debates of international relations. Curated by Dr. John A. Rees of the University of Notre Dame Australia, the blog is designed to help scholars, students and all interested readers think critically about religion in International Relations via a wide range of subjects.

Peter Berger – Four Benefits of His Work to the Study of Religion in IR

Peter Berger – Four Benefits of His Work to the Study of Religion in IR

Peter Berger’s work on the enduring importance of religion might save the sub-discipline of religion in IR from turning in on itself.

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Populism and Religious Nationalism in France and Indonesia

Religion appears to re-emerge in both French and Indonesian elections as a source of national identity to exclude those who do not share the heritage of the majority.

Why IR Religionists Should Watch Reza Aslan’s Believer

Why IR Religionists Should Watch Reza Aslan’s Believer

To imagine oneself as a believer may benefit IR approaches significantly in the attempt to understand the political imagination borne from religious practice and belief.

Religion and Identity at the 2017 Dutch Elections

Religion and Identity at the 2017 Dutch Elections

The results of the 2017 Dutch election show that issues of identity brought about by Muslim immigration to Europe continue to profoundly affect European politics.

The Prince, the Pope and a Populist Moment

The Prince, the Pope and a Populist Moment

Whilst populist movements have shown to be able to exploit sacral tradition, regal and religious institutions can equally employ resources to oppose populist agendas

“Son of Lies”: History, Baghdadi and the Legacy of ISIS

“Son of Lies”: History, Baghdadi and the Legacy of ISIS

Whilst the ISIS effect will not disappear overnight, the power to doubt the divine sanction of a failing movement is significant.

Religion in the Archives of IR

Religion in the Archives of IR

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.

Citizens Not Zombies: Rethinking Assumptions about US Religious Voters

Citizens Not Zombies: Rethinking Assumptions about US Religious Voters

The habit of homogenising religious political behaviour only leads to sloppy thinking disconnected from the evidence of how really existing religious citizens act

Middle Power Religion

Middle Power Religion

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

Why ‘theocracy’ Is a Failed Concept in IR

Why ‘theocracy’ Is a Failed Concept in IR

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.

The Francis Paradox: Papal Diplomacy in a Multipolar World

The Francis Paradox: Papal Diplomacy in a Multipolar World

Vatican diplomacy of recent years reflects what could arguably be known as ‘the Francis paradox’

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