Forced Migration, Religious Diplomacy and Human Security in the Eastern Orthodox World

This project examines the relationship between forced migration, religious diplomacy and human security in Eastern Europe and Russia, as reflected in the post-1992 breakup of Yugoslavia, the post-2011 Syrian crisis and the 2014 Russian takeover of Crimea.
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This project offers an understanding of the role of religious communities in fostering violence, survival, tolerance and resettlement, as well as religious support, formal and informal types of diplomacy towards forced displaced populations. It focuses on four areas:

  1. the circulation of ideas on human security between religious and secular courts, monastic settlements, pilgrimage sites and educational establishments;

  2. religious strategies in relation to violence, tolerance, transitory environments and resettlement;

  3. religious support, protection and mechanisms towards displaced populations; and

  4. religious channels of diplomatic engagement advancing human security.

Principal Investigator: Dr Lucian Leustean, Aston University

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