Assistant Professor in International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin I hold a Laurea Degree in Political Science from Bologna University and a M.A. in International Politics and Security Studies from Bradford University, where I also earned a Ph.D in Peace Studies. Previously I worked at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at Bath University, teaching modules on international relations theory and the role of religion in international politics. My research interests lie at the interface between religion, conflict studies and faith-related peacemaking, with a focus on Middle East politics. Over the years, I have become deeply interested in the scholarly debate around secularism and post-secularism and how such a debate impacts both the framing of Western international relations theory as well as our critical understanding of terrorism, religiously motivated violence, diplomacy, humanitarianism and human rights.
The recent violence at the al-Aqsa mosque/Temple Mount area and in the Old City of Jerusalem has spiralled…