Naval War College Review


John D. Carlson


Those serving in the military and for- eign service stereotypically show scant professional interest in religion. Pre- sumably the security and interests of states hinge on secular concerns. Merging religion with politics only complicates matters, often inviting vio- lence, as wars of religion or terrorist acts of militant Islamists remind us. Re- ligion and Security innovatively compli- cates such Westphalian dispositions, urging readers to appreciate the reli- gious complexities of today’s global se- curity environment and to consider the possibilities that constructive religious engagement offers for citizens and states the world over.