Author profile: John A. Rees

John A. Rees is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at The University of Notre Dame Australia. His research interests are related to themes of religion and international development, religion and foreign policy and the IR discourse on post-secularism. He is the curator of The Religion Gap blog on E-IR.

Why ‘theocracy’ Is a Failed Concept in IR

John A. Rees • Dec 21 2015 • Articles
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

John A. Rees • Nov 11 2015 • Articles
Vatican diplomacy of recent years reflects what could arguably be known as ‘the Francis paradox’

Four Religions of Foreign Policy

John A. Rees • Sep 18 2015 • Articles
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.

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

John A. Rees • May 7 2015 • Articles
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

John A. Rees • Apr 1 2015 • Articles
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

John A. Rees • Apr 1 2015 • Articles
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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