Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, Vol 1, No 1 (2008)

Role of the Religious Factor in Expansion of Europe

Daniel Andrișan


In the course of human communities priority was preservation of identity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. States as the main framework of political organization, had
intended to build national security policy to protect and promote their interests. An increasing number of conflicts have been caused or inflamed by cultural differences exacerbate, ethnic or religious. Therefore, religions and their associated phenomena have been given new relevant in the context of
security, imposing civilization lately approach to security. This requires thorough research of cultural, religious phenomena and linguistic aspects, as Samuel Huntington did, who is the initiator of this model civilizational approach to security analysis. By applying this model the following conclusions:
reality forces of integration in the world is exactly what generates forces of cultural claims, civilizational knowledge, in a sense the world is bipolar, but the main distinction is between the West and as far dominant civilization and all others, however, share more than anything. In short, the world
is a world divided between Western and non-Western world more, nation states are and will remain the most important actors in international affairs, but their interests, associations and conflicts between them are becoming more limited by factors culture and civilization, the world is indeed
anarchic, punctuated by tribal and nationality conflicts, but conflicts that make the biggest threats to stability are those between states or groups from different civilizations.


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