soft power; religion and politics; NIS (new independent states); South Caucasus; international relations; post soviet space
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While it is widely accepted that religion can be a significant factor both in politics and in international rela-tions, the interactions between politics and religion in a transnational dimension are insufficiently studied. The project deals with transnational religious activities and their political significance. The main question is whether and how religion functions as soft power. The project does not assume that religions are com-pletely instrumentalised. In fact, the project will analyse political actors' use of religion for purposes of international relations as well as religious communities' reactions to (and use of) this situation. Geographically, the project focuses on the three South Caucasian states, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia and the external influence of Russia, Turkey, Iran and the EU. The comparison of seven case studies to pertinent examples of political involvement in cross-border religious activities will reveal mechanisms of interactions between politics and religion in transnational contexts. This interdisciplinary project provides basic research on the relationship between religion and politics in the specific case of cross-border activities. This topic is also highly relevant politically. Its practical relevance will be shown in the scenario planning.Besides its academic purpose, the project supports the academic structures in the participating institutions. It establishes academic cooperation on an institutional level and strengthens already existing networks. Especially in the case of two countries at war, Azerbaijan and Armenia, this sort of academic networking provides chances for further contacts and peace-building processes.