Bringing Religion into International Relations (Culture and by Jonathan Fox

By Jonathan Fox

This publication examines the position faith performs in diplomacy in addition to why this function has been missed before by means of diplomacy theorists. Fox and Sandler argue that whereas faith isn't the motive force in international politics, diplomacy can't be understood with out taking faith under consideration. spiritual legitimacy impacts coverage makers and their components; neighborhood spiritual phenomena, specifically spiritual conflicts, move borders; many transnational concerns like human rights and inhabitants keep watch over have spiritual elements. The authors additionally study Huntington's conflict of Civilizations, which touches in a roundabout way upon the position of faith in present global politics, and supply insights into the Israeli-Palestinian clash.

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Third, the modernization policies of these governments have led to many unsettling consequences including the alienation of those left out of the process and the breakdown in community values both of which have led to a religious backlash (Sahliyeh, 1990: 9; Thomas, 2000: 816; Haynes, 1994: 34). Fourth, modern communications technology has allowed religious institutions to extend their influence (Shupe, 1990: 22). Fifth, greater political participation has led to increased participation by those with religious agendas (Rubin, 1994: 22–23).

A common denominator of the nation and the state is territory. Nations can exist without unifying ethnic bonds on any territory—as do many modern nations like the United States or Australia. It is the state that enables the nation to control its territory and allows it to participate in international politics. In different terms: both the nation and the state are needed for functioning on the modern international scene but both need space. Territory would usually be a statist concept, whereas land has more of a primordial implication.

For example, Marx’s classic argument that religion is the opiate of the masses makes the dual argument that it should be recognized that religion is a false consciousness, but it is nevertheless a powerful force that can legitimate an economic system that is against the interests of the majority of society. Despite the power of religion to legitimate policies and governments there is very little in the international relations literature that directly addresses the role of religious legitimacy in international relations.

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