Religion and Security in Global Affairs: Friends or Foes?

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, 16/02/2023

16 February 2023, 11.00 – 13.00 (CET)

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, Viale Pola 12, Aula 12

In many parts of the world, religion and security are strictly interconnected. In contexts where institutions are frail, it is often religious groups that have a good understanding of the local dimensions as well as a capacity to address the pressing needs of the population. Religion can then offer solutions. On the other end, religion can also be used to destabilise domestic and foreign political contexts, as shown by numerous international examples just in the last few months.

This Mediterranean Platform Talk will investigate the ambivalent relationship between religion and security in an international context. The Talk builds upon the findings of the last issue of the Review of Faith and International Affairs devoted to “Religion and Comprehensive Security”, edited by Pasquale Annicchino and Judd Birdsall.

Religion and Comprehensive Security, The Review of Faith & International Affairs Volume 20, Issue 4, (2022),

Prof. Luigi Narbone, Director of the Mediterranean Platform at the Luiss School of Government

Prof. Gabriele Fattori, Università degli Studi di Foggia
Prof. Kristina Stoeckl, Università di Innsbruck
Prof. Pasquale Annicchino, Università degli Studi di Foggia, and member of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Closing remarks:

Amb. Pasquale Ferrara, MAECI Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Andrea Benzo, Special Envoy for the protection of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB)

Partner institutions:
Università degli Studi di Foggia
University of Innsbruck
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
MAECI, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs