The Religion Gap – With John A. Rees

The Religion Gap explores the impact of religious actors and interests upon the dynamics of world politics, addressing an often missing dimension into the study of international relations. Curated by Dr. John A. Rees of the University of Notre Dame Australia, the blog explores topical issues in global affairs and IR scholarship through the lens of religious agency. Written from an IR perspective, The Religion Gap is designed to help scholars, students and all interested readers to think critically about religion in a way that is clear, interesting and via a wide range of subjects.

“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’

Why Understanding Religion Matters in Post-conflict Zones

Why Understanding Religion Matters in Post-conflict Zones

Examining the doctrines of religious institutions can help understand their relation to the international community in times of conflict, peacebuilding and development.

Scourging Paganism Past and Present: The Tragic Irony of Palmyra

Scourging Paganism Past and Present: The Tragic Irony of Palmyra

The destruction of pagan historical records, in Europe as in Syria, forces us to confront how societies view, construct and instrumentalise the past.

ANZAC Day service at the National War Memorial Wellington.

Lest We Forget: Religion and the Remembrance of War in a Secular State

The memorialisation of ANZAC in Australia shows that faith tradition can add depth of memory to sovereign self-understanding, even in secular states.

Religion in IR: That Cousin We Never Knew

Religion in IR: That Cousin We Never Knew

Welcome to The Religion Gap, an international relations blog exploring the impact of religious actors and interests on the dynamics of world politics.

To Be, or Not to Be [Reincarnated] – That Is The [Political] Question

To Be, or Not to Be [Reincarnated] – That Is The [Political] Question

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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