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3-4 November 2016 | ISR FBK visiting researcher Pasquale Annicchino spoke on religion and security in Washington DC and Pittsburgh


The relationships between security and human rights (and especially religious freedom) are today at the centre of global debates among experts. International security and human rights have always been thought as complementary, interdependent and mutually reinforcing. But today this approach is challenged by several factors: the approval of legal norms limiting the exercise of the right to religious freedom in the name of preventing terrorism, the rise of populist movements, the instrumentalisation of religion. For this reason the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) convened a major meeting  last week in Washington D.C.

Dr. Pasquale Annicchino, Visiting Researcher at FBK, has been invited to participate to the expert consultation on the draft freedom of religion or belief and security guidance paper for OSCE participating States on 3-4 November at the offices of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. On November 10th Dr. Annicchino has also given a talk at Duquesne School of Law in Pittsburgh titled: “Europe in the face of terror: legal and political responses”.

The participation to these initiatives is part of the wider effort of the Centre for Religious Studies to understand how religion informs conflicts and policies at the global level. The advancement of critical understanding of the multi-faceted relationship between religion and innovation in contemporary society, which is at the core of the Centre’s mission, is advanced by contributing to the global debate on radicalization and restictions on religious freedom which are spahing new policies. To this extent, in the policy reactions of many institutions, religion is clearly part of the innovation equation.

Whether the new policies will uphold security and respect civil rights is a matter of discussion which will need to be assessed. These events are part of this assessment process and researchers have the possibility to discuss with policy makers with the goal of offering insights and solutions to current problems.   The Centre for Religious Studies aims therefore at contributing at the debate taking into account how religion and new form of religiosity drive innovative policy reactions


Event date:

November 3-4 2016



Washington D.C., United States, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, 732 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite A714, Washington, DC 20002.

News date: 
Thursday, 3 November, 2016