Losing my Religion? Secularisation, Prosperity and the nexus between Religion, Conflict and Peace

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Wednesday 31 October
The Stripe, King Alfred Quarter, Sparkford Road, University of Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

This talk will be given by Professor Adrian Kendry, former NATO Senior Defence Economist

Can economics shed light on how the world finds peace and prosperity?

There is compelling evidence showing a global decline in religion, with nearly half of the world population reported to be irreligious. Nevertheless, from the Middle East to Myanmar to the United States, the power, influence, relevance and consequences of religion remain an important issue under constant scrutiny.

Is there a relationship between global secularisation and reduced conflict and violence?  What impact does religion have on prosperity?  Does increasing prosperity reduce conflict and strengthen peace?

Professor Kendry will examine these controversial themes and consider whether the ideas and contributions of economics and economists can shed light upon these conundrums.

Professor Adrian Kendry was NATO's Senior Defence Economist from 2001 to 2014. In February 2018 Adrian accepted the role of a three year (part-time) Visiting Chair in Economics and Security at the University of Winchester.

From 2001-2010 in Brussels, Adrian coordinated all NATO economic intelligence. From 2012 to early 2014, he advised the NATO Secretary General on all transatlantic challenges. During 1996 to 2000, he held the Admiral William Crowe Chair in the Economics of Defence at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis and a Visiting Professorship in Economics at the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.

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