Menu

RELIGION and FOREIGN POLICY

Today the role of religion in society and the relationship between religion and foreign policy comprise the issues of widespread interest and intense discussion. Governments, think tanks, universities, and religious bodies are all engaged in debating and analyzing this complex question from a variety of perspectives. In this regard, this analysis delineates relevant properties of religion and politics then identifies the basic modes of their interaction. In the end, some suggestions as to what to do and what to avoid are offered.

Religions are closed doctrinaire systems, total in scope, exclusionary in outlook and autocratic in nature. Politics, on the other hand, is open to change, inclusionary, pragmatic, and opportunistic. When these interact, either religion ingests politics for the attainment of its ethereal ends or politics exploits religion for its worldly interests. It all depends on the relative strengths of the state versus the religious estate at a particular moment in time and on the priorities of those exercising the powers of the state.

YOU MAY READ FULL ARTICLE BY SUBSCRIPTION TO STRATEJIST MAGAZINE...

Faruk LOGOGLU
Dr., Retired Ambassador

Go Back

Comments for this post have been disabled.