The Role of Culture in Building Dialogue Between Nations

The Role of Culture in Building Dialogue Between Nations

  • 2 May 2012

Over the last two decades, the concept of intercultural dialogue has become both common and controversial in the intellectual arena as a result of its close association with the problems surrounding identity, namely: cultural policies, interaction of cultures, cultural globalization, the “clash of civilizations,” cultural domination, stereotyping of cultures, culture’s place in international policy, international interaction between religions, and the right to cultural diversity. Moreover, the need for culture in the dialogue between civilizations has grown owing to the impaired ability of communities to control their surroundings and environment, and the exacerbation of international fragmentation and instability.

Therefore, we are in need of a new global cultural arrangement that will restore meaning and harmony to the international system and provide hope for a better future. The fate of humanity depends on cultures becoming the consciences of the world via an integrated and consolidated vision that corresponds to our moral, material and spiritual needs, and which protects societies from crises.

Coexistence has become necessary to restore global peace and stability. Many aspects of post-Cold War world history confirm that dialogue between cultures is not just an intellectual luxury, but rather a necessary in the process of building a less violent, more humane and just world. Thus the most important challenge of the 21st century is to understand our differences and learn how to tackle them and establish more effective cross-cultural communication. It is time to re-examine culture’s role in the international arena, not as a means to foster conflict, but rather as a positive strategic tool in building a more humanitarian form of international governance. This is no less important than geopolitical and geo-economic considerations in shaping the future of international policy.

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Wednesday 2 May 2012

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Wednesday 2 May 2012

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