Religion's role in world affairs
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Esposito, John L.
Examines religion's role in world affairs, both as a divisive and uniting factor.
The separation of church and state is a sacred principle in American government. Elsewhere, however, this separation does not always exist. From the Middle East to the Balkans, religious beliefs explicitly inform and animate government policies. Although religion has played a divisive role in some of the world's most violent conflicts, it has also been used to facilitate conflict resolution and peaceful transitions of power, as was the case with Christian churches in Eastern Europe and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa. What factors have led to a resurgence of religion in world politics, and should religion have a place in American foreign policy as well? Hosted by Peter Krogh, and featuring professor John Esposito, founding director of Georgetown's Center for Muslim-Christian understanding, and Dr. Douglas Johnston, executive Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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