Religion and Diplomacy

Questions of religious faith, the tension between religion and secularisation have played a major role in the development of the state system, especially in shaping issues pertaining to war and peace. Current international power shifts, which foster anarchic tendencies, as well as the erosion of traditional patterns of order are also changing the relationship between religion and diplomacy. On the one hand, far-reaching changes are triggered by religious forces, especially by fundamentalist interpretations of world religions. On the other hand, as the international system transforms, it accelerates the dissolution of traditional forces and the influence of nationalism and fundamentalism grows. This is not without repercussions for the role of religion in international politics.


The aim of the project “Religion and diplomacy” is to determine how religion as a factor in international relations is impacted by the ongoing transformations of the international system. In particular, it will look at the role of religion at the interface between domestic political forces and international constellations, asking whether religion acts as a polarising or as a unifying force. It will also explore consequences for the relationship between diplomacy and military strategy, religion as an element of statecraft, as well as religious organisations as international actors.


Avatar Schlie

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie

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Avatar Möhring

Dr. Johanna Möhring



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