I am proposing to research religious institutions and peacebuilding because I want to find out what explains what motivates religious actors to become involved in the peacebuilding process in order to help my reader understand whether and to what degree religious actors should become involved in conflicts.
Research question: What explains the variation in the involvement of religious institutions in peacebuilding efforts?
- “Global Totals of religious populations by religion”
This first source shows the percentage of religious within the population of every religion in the world and also shows the percentage of the world population that number constitutes. This source can be used to understand the influence that religions have in the world in regard to the percentage of the world population. This number can be expanded to see the percent population within a particular country or region as well. This information is an important dependent variable to see if there is a statistically relevant relationship between conflicts and percentage of religions. A limitation to this source is that it only looks at the percent of religious globally and not by country.
- “Religious Conflict by Country”
This statistical data shows countries that have experienced religious conflict. It looks at the religious freedom index, governmental restriction index, religious conflict, state religion, and other factors. Using this data with the data about the percentage of the religious within populations, research can be done to see if correlation exists between the two statistics. I also want to specifically look at the state religion where the conflicts are occurring (whether a state is a theocracy or if the state has a national religion). This information will help identify important dependent variables within religious conflicts (like state religion, places where religious conflicts occur, and others), but other statistical sources are needed to show similar evidence about non-religious conflicts. The combination of religious and secular conflicts will give a wider variation to understand the complexity of conflicts. This source is limited because it only considers religious conflicts.
Overall, this research would compare conflict between countries and within the same country to gain a diverse set of conflicts.
Boston University. Religious Conflict by Country. 2015. Distributed by the Institute of Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. https://libguides.webster.edu/data/chicago.
Boston University. Global Totals of Religious Populations by Religion. 2015. Distributed by the Institute of Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. https://libguides.webster.edu/data/chicago.