About the project
The aim of the project is to get a better understanding of the reflections about religion among Norwegian military personnel taking part in the international operations in Afghanistan. It is particularly interesting to see whether and how they think religion has any significance for military professional ethic when encountering the local population and international partners. The background for doing this is partly knit to the changed role of the Armed Forces from being a national defence force to becoming a tool for foreign policy, supporting international operations. This change of raison d’être has involved a number of challenges for the Armed Forces. Among these is how to deal with religious and cultural otherness among the local populations that their operations allegedly are meant to support. The Armed Forces request normative advice on how to handle such challenges. Hence, I hope this project can be used for inspiring debate about encountering religious and cultural otherness – both internally among the forces and externally – but also for suggesting improvements of military standards, education and training in such matters.