The Politics of Fear: Religion(s), Conflict and Diplomacy

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As historical phenomena, religions (as well as ideologies) have played varied and often ambiguous roles in the context of international relations, violent conflicts, peace-making and diplomacy (Ferguson, 1977; Haynes, 1988), and especially so at the interface between civilisations informed by Christianity and those informed by Islam (Armstrong, 1988; Partner, 1997). This paper focuses on aspects of those roles as the context for these has changed over the past half a century within the context of a broader setting shaped by what has come to be known as the “politics of fear” (Furedi, 2006), originally shaped by the threat of nuclear Mutually Assured Destruction and now by the threat of global terror attacks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiplomacy and the Politics of Fear
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Diplomacy and International Relations, 12/09/2016: The 21st Challenges to the Theory and Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
EditorsFrancis Jegede, Malcolm Todd, John Stubbs, Philip Hodgson
Place of PublicationDerby
PublisherCollege of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Derby
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)978-1-910755-07-5
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2016
EventInternational Conference on Diplomacy and International Relations - College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, Derby, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sep 201612 Sep 2016


ConferenceInternational Conference on Diplomacy and International Relations
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Religion
  • :Liberation Movements
  • Terror
  • Daeesh
  • Radicalisation
  • Islamists
  • Jihadists
  • Apocalptic
  • Armageddon
  • Conspiracy theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Religious studies

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