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 Sept 2016
    EventInternational Conference on Diplomacy and International Relations - College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, Derby, United Kingdom
    Duration: 12 Sept 201612 Sept 2016


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Diplomacy and International Relations
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • 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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