The Missing Link: Religious Freedom and Security

Feb 3rd, 2012
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This essays assesses the notion that religious freedom is a very overlooked component of international security. By looking at theories and non-profit organizations that utilize religion to solve religious conflicts, we are able to construct a notion of security that takes into consideration religion.

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The Missing Link: Religious Freedom and SecurityPSC249-13There is a tendency in the social sciences over the past twenty years to bandy about the term "global resurgence of religion." This idea reflects a rise in acts of violence and upheaval within much of the developing world. This has occurred no doubt because many of the perpetrators associated with violent acts claim to do so in the name of religion. One need not think hard in order to list several cases: the Lebanese Civil War of the 1970s and 1980s, the Iranian Revolution of 1979, and the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland, and of course, the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. For many policymakers and academics in international relations, these conflicts and wars are no different than any other. However, over the past twenty years a new trend emerged in which some scholars began to rethink the role of certain variables in international relations, especially in regards to religion and its relation to international security. Such scholars such as political scientist Samuel P. Huntington were not actually surprised at the events of September 11th. Huntington was inclined to believe that such attacks occurred and would continue to do so due to the changing world order, one in which the Cold War reality of bipolarity is replaced by emphasis on civilizations around the world, those defined in terms of language, ethnic and religious resemblances.1 Whil

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