Religion as an Instrument of Soft Power in International Relations

A. Ukenov, L.N.Gumilyev Eurasian National University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
2021 Al-Farabi  
The article examines the cases of using religion as a "soft power" in the example of Russia and Turkey. Based on foreign policy strategies, each state forms its own discourse in the use of religions as "soft power". The article substantiates the idea that world religions have the greatest potential in solving interstate issues, as carriers of a unique historical experience of spiritual and political globalization, as institutions of spiritual power that accumulate significant material and other
more » ... resources, as well as as institutions of civil society that promote the values of freedom and humanism. The use of religion as «soft power» becomes another argument in criticizing the theories of secularism. The analysis of the discourse of religion as a "soft power" was made on the example of the foreign policy strategies of Russia and Turkey, taking into account their political authority in the international arena, as well as their perception as one of the centers of world religions.
doi:10.48010/2021.4/1999-5911.15 fatcat:ezrsxn2kerdevinwufreom5eda