Whilst populist movements have shown to be able to exploit sacral tradition, regal and religious institutions can equally employ resources to oppose populist agendas
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.
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’
Examining the doctrines of religious institutions can help understand their relation to the international community in times of conflict, peacebuilding and development.
The destruction of pagan historical records, in Europe as in Syria, forces us to confront how societies view, construct and instrumentalise the past.
The memorialisation of ANZAC in Australia shows that faith tradition can add depth of memory to sovereign self-understanding, even in secular states.
Welcome to The Religion Gap, an international relations blog exploring the impact of religious actors and interests on the dynamics of world politics.
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.