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11th AGS International 六和合彩开奖记录 Student Conference

The Complexity of Religion in International Relations:

Theoretical, Legal and Geopolitical Perspectives

Paris, 21-22 April 2016

Conference Theme

The American 六和合彩开奖记录 School in Paris invites submissions for its 11th annual AGS 六和合彩开奖记录 Student Conference. The theme for this year鈥檚 conference is titled 鈥淭he Complexity of Religion in International Relations: Theoretical, Legal and Geopolitical Perspectives鈥. The links between religious beliefs and global politics was not extensively explored before 9/11 and the 鈥榳ar on terror鈥. Today, we know that religion can change the basic patterns of how international relations is done, raising crucial questions about who the main actors are, what they want, and how they change the landscape of politics, law and diplomacy in contemporary IR. As Ikenberry states, 鈥渞eligious movements can reinforce state authority or undermine it, and religion can reinforce the territorial boundaries of state or mobilize loyalties that cut across borders.鈥

The function of religion in international relations might seem like a challenging topic, but nonetheless a crucial one. As scholars of IR, it is imperative to constantly analyze influences that impinge on world politics. There has been prominent focus on how religious differences create barriers to peace, and leads to war. However, all religions have deep roots in peace and have subtle conflict resolution mechanisms rooted in their scripture. Religion, like nationalism, allows its followers to rationalize peace or war depending on a variety of variables.

Theoretically, it is interesting to assess how religion asserts influence on the various levels of analysis i.e. individual, societal, state and international. It pushes the need for definitions and redefinitions and forces us to identify 鈥榓 nouveau鈥 our choice of problems in IR, redefine our theoretical starting points, hypotheses and conclusions

Legally, the treatment of religion in national and international laws, as a human right, as a factor leading to the responsibility to protect, in theocracies as well in secular states, are dynamic topics to explore, among several others.

Geopolitically, the evaluation can deal with the interaction between the different religions 鈥 the various ways in which they influence each other, the identity politics of, and in between, religions 鈥 giving a richer and fuller understanding of international conflict and collaboration.

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