The return of Confucius as a notable figure in the Chinese government's public presentation has been the subject of substantive scholarly discussion. Unlike much of this work, however, the present paper engages two questions difficult to assess within pure academia: how does the government fare when judged from a traditional perspective it now uses to justify its own actions, and what effects, if any, would closer adherence to that tradition have on modern governance?
"What is the future of the religious party? In this issue of the SAIS Review of International Affairs, a myriad group of authors probe this question in its multiple facets, considering the perspectives of many religions, cultures, and regions." For instance, there are attempts to reconcile the causes behind the weakening of Christian Democratic parties in Europe with the rise of religious based parties in Turkey, India, Russia and elsewhere. Clearly, religion and politics are still intertwined in many parts of the world in the 21st century.