Has Religion Become the Most Influential Factor in International Relations?

In the last two decades, the role of religion in international affairs has become more prominent, and has attracted the academy’s and public's attention. However, many questions regarding how and why religion influences international relations remain unanswered. Is religion a motivation for action by state and non-state actors or merely a justification? Which actors are more influenced by religion? In what ways does religion influence international relations?
In her latest book God on Our Side: Religion in International Affairs, Dr. Shireen Hunter looked into these questions and tried to explain why and how religion affects international relations. By using three case studies—Russia’s policy towards the Bosnian War, Turkey’s policy towards the Bosnian War, and the European Union’s policy towards Turkey’s membership in the EU—Hunter demonstrated how, why, when, and through what channels religion most influences international relations.

This event was hosted by the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

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