Category Archives: Religion and International Relations

Brexit Vote and the Reformation

As Britain prepares for the Brexit vote, a major referendum on U.K. membership in the European Union, historical comparisons have framed the debate. References to the Second World War loom large in the Brexit debate. Prime Minister David Cameron and … Continue reading

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ReligioWest Research Program

The ReligioWest research program, based at the European University Institute, pursues research on issues of religious pluralism, secularism, religion and the law, religion in the political sphere, and religious violence. The ReligioWest website indicates: “ReligioWest studies how different western states … Continue reading

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Historical Perspectives on the Caliphate

The Islamic State (IS) claims to be in process of establishing a caliphate in the Muslim world. Most news media have either ignored or misunderstood the implications of the IS claim to the caliphate, however. The BBC argues that: “When … Continue reading

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A Crisis in Secular Studies?

Religion and religious violence are evoked almost daily by politicians and journalists, who often distinguish between ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ politics. Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor at Georgetown University, questions popular and academic usages of ‘secularism’, which often seem contradictory. Berlinerblau argues … Continue reading

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Religion and International Relations

Scholars and analysts studying with international relations are finally starting to pay some attention to the role of in diplomatic culture and foreign policy formulation. Leo P. Ribuffo reports that “at the June 2014 meeting of the Society of Historians … Continue reading

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