An Italian foreign policy of religious engagement: challenges and prospects

Ferrara, Pasquale and Petito, Fabio (2016) An Italian foreign policy of religious engagement: challenges and prospects. The International Spectator, 51 (1). pp. 28-43. ISSN 0393-2729

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Abstract

A new awareness of the role of religion in international relations has started to inform concrete policy discussions in several Western Ministries of Foreign Affairs under the heading of ‘religious engagement’ in foreign policy. Italy is no exception, but as the country which hosts the Holy See, it represents a special case. As the approach to religion found in the historical record of Italian foreign policy shows, Italy has a comparative advantage and could well develop a unique model of religious engagement by strengthening the central structures involved in religious matters and foreign policy, as well as by using the vast network of Rome-based religious non-state actors as a forum of consultation and policy advice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Italy’s foreign policy, Catholic Church, religion
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Medeni Fordham
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 10:44
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60646

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