International Studies Review, 2023. Discourses and practices reproducing a world where a plurality of distinct civilizations clash or dialogue, rise or fall, color multiple facets of global politics today. How should we interpret this unexpected surge in...
In Jonathan Leader Maynard and Mark L. Haas (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Ideology and International Relations (London: Routledge), 2022. This chapter starts by questioning the common perspective across multiple traditions that equate and reduce religion to...
Invited Talk: New Approaches to Religion in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Domestic-External Nexus. Harvard Divinity School, February 24-25, 2022
On February 24-25th, a convening of Religion and Public Life and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University will bring together a small group of scholars and activists to assess the normative frameworks that shape how U.S. foreign policy thinks about the role of religion in world affairs.
American international-relations scholars, with a few notable exceptions, tend to treat religion as, at best, an indirect influence on U.S. foreign relations. Conventional wisdom views religion as a major force in other countries, especially Muslim ones.
In recent decades, research into the growing entanglement of faith groups and US foreign policy has added significantly to our understanding that the country’s much-vaunted separation of church and state is not tantamount to the separation of religion and politics.
Bettiza reaches his broad conclusion through the study of religious foreign policy frameworks, or “religious foreign policy regimes,” under the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations.